Grammar Tips & Articles »

Center vs. Centre

This article is about Center vs. Centre — enjoy your reading!

1:32 min read
  Marius Alza  —  Grammar Tips
Font size:

Both "center" and "centre" refer to the same thing. As nouns, they signify the "middle" part or point of an area. As verbs, they refer to the action of placing something into the middle of something else.

So why are they spelled differently, what is the difference between them and in which situation you should use each, in order to be considered linguistically elegant? Let's see what English grammar experts have to say about this!

Center vs. Centre

There is no difference between these two words; both forms are officially accepted, according to several notorious publications and dictionaries, including "Cambridge Learner's Dictionary". The only essential aspect that makes a difference between these two forms is represented by the region where they are generally used. "Centre" is preferred in UK while "center" is the commonly used US version.

When do we use "center"?

When we are in the US. American English speakers definitely prefer to spell the word like this for an easier pronunciation. If you are writing an official message towards an American person/company, then definitely choose "center".

When do we use "centre"?

Surely if you are not going to prefer this version, nobody will feel offended by your choice. Yet, for more elegance in a formal message towards a British person, "centre" is much preferred in UK.


While you will not be criticized no matter which version, "center" or "centre", you use, your efforts to use the more appropriate version according to the person you are writing to will certainly be appreciated, especially in the UK, where people tend to be more careful to these aspects and more appreciative towards those who make the more "traditional" choice. Just remember to use "centre" in British English and "center" when you communicate with an American, and your grammar will definitely be impeccable in this matter.

Center vs. Centre

Rate this article:

Have a discussion about this article with the community:

  • makka64
    What is this British English? What you mean is ENGLISH. We do not have American French or German. There is a reason for that. It's not their language to change! They find it hard enough to pronounce and stay in the proper tense, let alone write. English was being spoken long before America existed as a modern country. 
    LikeReply2 years ago
    • Ag65
      British English is the dialect of the English language spoken in Britain. American English is the dialect of the English language spoken in the United States of America. We do not speak of American French or American German because French and German are spoken by relatively few people in the U.S. On the other hand, English is
      the overwhelmingly dominant language in our country. This is because we were settled and founded by English-speaking people from England and the rest of Britain. Over time, the language spoken by the peoples on the separate sides of the Atlantic diverged somewhat from each other, and we were left with similar but distinct dialects. 
      LikeReply2 years ago
  • Ayodele Akinwunmi
    Ayodele Akinwunmi
    Very useful. Thank you very much
    LikeReply 12 years ago
  • Gavin Aren
    Gavin Aren
    Could you say 'center of a circle' and 'british center of intelligence' in british english? Or would they both have to be spelt 'centre'?
    LikeReply 14 years ago


Use the citation below to add this article to your bibliography:


"Center vs. Centre." STANDS4 LLC, 2023. Web. 4 Jun 2023. <>.

Free, no signup required:

Add to Chrome

Check your text and writing for style, spelling and grammar problems everywhere on the web!

Free, no signup required:

Add to Firefox

Check your text and writing for style, spelling and grammar problems everywhere on the web!


Free Writing Tool:

Grammar Checker

Improve your grammar, vocabulary, and writing -- and it's FREE!

Improve your writing now:

Download Grammar eBooks

It’s now more important than ever to develop a powerful writing style. After all, most communication takes place in reports, emails, and instant messages.