Most people who are into Western media have read books or watched movies about a time, centuries past, when knights went to battle, clad in shiny metal uniforms meant to protect them from the murderous blades and arrows of their enemies. But what are those shiny metal clothes called? Is it a suit of armor, or a suit of armour?
The answer is not as simple as you might expect, and it involves spelling differences between American and British English. If you aren’t sure whether you should use armour or armor in your own writing, continue reading for an explanation of these two terms.
Armor as noun:
Armor as verb:
Use of Armour:
Armour is the British English spelling of the same word. It can be used in all the same contexts as armor. While, armor is the preferred spelling among American audiences, armour is the preferred spelling among British audiences.
Use of Armor:
Armour or armor:
Armor is the American spelling of the noun meaning a protective covering. Armour is the preferred spelling in all the other main varieties of English. Other than the spelling, there is no difference between the words. You should use armor for predominantly American audiences, and armour for predominantly British audiences, regardless of context. These preferences hold true whether the word is being used as a noun or a verb. To help yourself remember when to use these words, remember that armour, the British variant, and U.K. are each spelled with a U. This shared letter can link armour to the British audiences who prefer this spelling.