Words spelled with -oe/-ae

British English words that are spelled with the double vowels ae or oe are usually spelled with just an e in American English:

USBritish
leukemialeukaemia
maneuvermanoeuvre
estrogenoestrogen
pediatricpaediatric

Note that in American English, certain terms, such as archaeology, retain the ae spelling as standard, although the spelling with just the e (e.g., archeology) is usually acceptable as well.


Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Grammar and usage