Translate American English to British English

A website to help you with the confusion of living either side of the Atlantic, in Britain or America.


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Words beginning with the letter A.

USA UK
Account Bill/Account
Aisle Gangway
Antenna Aerial (TV/Radio)
Apartment/Unit Flat
Apartment Hotel Service flats
Apartment House Block of flats

Words beginning with the letter B.

USA UK
Baby bed/crib Cot/Crib
Baby carriage Pram
Back-up lights Reversing lights
Baggage room Left luggage office
Balcony (theater) Gallery
Barette Hairslide
Baseboard Skirting board
Bathe (v.) Bath
Bathrobe Dressing gown
Bathtub Bath
Bell pepper Green pepper
Bill Bank note
Billfold Wallet
Broil Grill
Bureau Chest of drawers
Business suit Lounge suit

Words beginning with the letter C.

USA UK
Call/phone ring up/phone
Call collect Reverse charges
Can Tin
Candy Sweets/Chocolate
Candy store Sweet shop/confectioner
Caravan Convoy
Carnival Fair (funfair)
Change purse Purse
Charged (good bought) Put down/entered
Check (restaurant) Bill
Checkers Draughts
Check room Cloakroom
Cheese cloth Butter muslin
Chicory Endive
Chips (potato) Crisps
City/municipal government Corporation
Closet Cupboard
Closet (hanging clothes) Wardrobe
Clothes pin Clothes peg
Collar button Collar stud
Comforter Eiderdown
Concert master Leader
Conductor Guard (railway)
Connect (telephone) Put through
Cookie Biscuit (sweet)
Corn starch Corn flour
Cotton batting/absorbent cotton Cotton wool
Cotton candy Candy floss
Cracker Biscuit (unsweetened)
Crazy bone Funny bone
Cream of wheat Semolina
Cuffs (pants) Turn-ups (trousers)
Custom made Bespoke/made to measure

Words beginning with the letter D.

USA UK
Davenport/couch Sofa
Dead-end Cul-de-sac
Deck (cards) Pack
Delivery truck Van
Denatured alcohol Methylated spirits
Derby Bowler/hard hat
Desk clerk Receptionist
Dessert Pudding/dessert
Detour Diversion
Diaper Nappy
Dishes, do the Wash-up
Divided highway Dual carriageway
Down town Centre (city/business)
Draft Conscription
Drapes Curtains
Dresser Chest of drawers
Druggist Chemist
Drugstore/Pharmacy Chemists’s shop
Drygoods store Draper
Dump Tip
Dungarees Jeans
Duplex Semi-detached

Words beginning with the letter E.

USA UK
Editorial Leader
Eggplant Aubergine
Electric cord/wire Flex
Elevator Lift
Endive Chicory
Eraser Rubber
Eyeball Visually position

Words beginning with the letter F.

USA UK
Faculty Staff
Fall Autumn
Faucet Tap
Fender Wing/mudguard
First balcony Upper circle
First floor Ground floor
Flashlight Torch
Floor walker Shop walker
Freeway/Super highway Motorway
Freight truck Goods truck
French fries Chips
Freshman (at university) 1st year undergraduate
Front desk (hotel) Reception

Words beginning with the letter G.

USA UK
Garbage/Trash Rubbish
Garbage can/Trash can Dustbin/bin
Garter belt Suspender belt
Gas Petrol
Gas station Filling station
Gear shift Gear lever
Generator Dynamo
German shepherd/Police dog Alsatian
Goose bumps Goose pimples
Grade Class/Form
Grade crossing Level crossing
Green thumb Green fingers
Ground wire Earth wire

Words beginning with the letter H.

USA UK
Hamburger bun Bap
Hamburger meat Mince
Hat check girl Cloakroom attendant
Hood (car) Bonnet
Hope chest Bottom drawer
Hotdog bun Bridge roll
Hutch Welsh dresser

Words beginning with the letter I.

USA UK
Incorporated Limited
Information/directory assistance Directory enquiries
Intermission Interval

Words beginning with the letter J.

USA UK
Janitor Caretaker/Porter
Jelly roll Swiss roll
Jump rope Skipping rope
Junior 3rd year (school)

Words beginning with the letter K.

USA UK
Kerosene Paraffin
Knock up Make pregnant

Words beginning with the letter K.

USA UK
Lawyer/Attorney Solicitor
Lease/Rent Let
Legal holiday Bank holiday
License plate Number plate
Lima bean Broad bean
Line Queue
Line-up Identification parade
Liquor Spirits
Liquor store Off licence
Living room Sitting room
Lobby Foyer
Lost and found Lost property
Love seat Settee
Lumber room Box room

Words beginning with the letter M.

USA UK
Mail Post
Mail box Pillar box
Mailman Postman
Make reservation Book
Meat grinder Mincer
Median strip/Divider Central reservation
Mezzanine Dress circle
Molasses Black treacle
Monkey wrench Spanner
Movie Film
Movie house/theater Cinema
Muffler Silencer
Mutual fund Unit trust

Words beginning with the letter N.

USA UK
Newsdealer/News stand Newsagent
Nightstick Truncheon
Nipple Teat
Notions Haberdashery

Words beginning with the letter O.

USA UK
Odometer Mileometer
Office (doctor’s/dentist’s) Surgery
Oil pan Sump
One way ticket Single ticket
Outlet/socket Point/power point
Overalls Dungarees
Overpass Flyover

Words beginning with the letter P.

USA UK
Pacifier Dummy
Package Parcel
Paddle (ping pong) Bat (table tennis)
Pantie hose Tights
Pantry Larder
Pants Trousers
Parka Anorak
Parking lot Car park
Pass (vehicle) Overtake
Pavement Road
Penitentiary Prison
Period Full-stop
Person-to-person Personal call
Pit (fruit) Stone
Pitcher Jug
Pollywog Tadpole
Popsicle Iced lolly
Pot holders Oven gloves
Powdered sugar Icing sugar
Precinct District
President (business) Chairman
Principal Headmaster/headmistress
Private school Public school/private school
Public school State school
Pull-off Lay-by
Pullman/sleeper Sleeping car
Pump Court shoe
Purse/pocket book Handbag

Words beginning with the letter Q.

USA UK
Nothing here yet

Words beginning with the letter R.

USA UK
Raincheck Postponement
Raincoat Mackintosh
Raisin Sultana
Realtor Estate agent
Rear view mirror Wing mirror
Recess Break (school)
Restroom Toilet
Rhinestone Diamante
Roast Joint (meat)
Roomer Lodger
Round trip ticket Return ticket
Rubber Contraceptive
Rubber cement Cow gum
Rubbing alcohol Surgical spirit
Run (for public office) Stand
Rutabaga/Turnip Swede

Words beginning with the letter S.

USA UK
Sack lunch Packed lunch
Sales clerk/sales girl Shop assistant
Scallion Black onion
Schedule Time-table
Scotch tape Sellotape
Scratch pad Scribbling pad/block
Sedan Saloon car
Semester (school – two in a year) Term (three in a year)
Senior 4th year (school)
Sewer pipe/soil pipe Drain
Shade (window) Blind
Shoestring Shoelace
Shorts/jockey shorts Briefs
Shorts (underwear) Pants
Shot (injection) Jab
Shredded (coconut) Desiccated
Sideburns Sideboards
Sidewalk Pavement/Footpath
Sled Sledge/Toboggan
Slice (bacon) Rasher
Slingshot Catapult
Smoked herring Kipper
Snaps Press studs
Soccer Football
Soda cracker Cream cracker
Spatula/pancake turner Fish slice
Spool Cotton reel
Squash Marrow
Stand in line/line up Queue
Station wagon Estate car
Stop lights/Traffic signals/Stop signals Traffic lights
Stove Cooker
Straight (drink) Neat
Stroller Pushchair
Sub-division Housing estate
Subway Tube/underground
Suspenders Braces
Sweater/pullover Jumper/sweater/pullover

Words beginning with the letter T.

USA UK
Tag Label
Tea cart Tea trolley
Texas gate Cattle grid
Thread Cotton
Thumb tack Drawing pin
Tic-tac-toe Noughts and crosses
Time payment/Instalment plan Hire purchase
Traffic circle Round-about/Island
Trailer/Camper/Mobile home Caravan
Trailer truck Articulated lorry
Truck Lorry
Trunk (car) Boot
Tube Valve
Two weeks Fortnight

Words beginning with the letter U.

USA UK
Undershirt Vest
Underwear (washing) Smalls

Words beginning with the letter V.

USA UK
Vacation Holiday
Vacuum Hoover
Valance Pelmet
Vest Waistcoat

Words beginning with the letter W.

USA UK
Wall to wall Fitted carpet/wall to wall
Wash cloth Face flannel
Wash up Wash your hands
Water heater (electric) Immersion heater
Water heater (gas) Geyser
Weather stripping Draught excluder
Wharf/pier Quay
Windbreaker Windcheater
Windshield Windscreen
Wire Telegram

Words beginning with the letter Y.

USA UK
Yard Garden

Words beginning with the letter Z.

USA UK
Zee Zed
Zero Nought
Zip code Postal code/Postcode
Zucchini Courgettes