Flavour or Flavor – Which Spelling Is Correct? (UK/US)

The question “do you spell the word “flavour” or “flavor?” is common amongst English learners. This page gives an in-depth description of which is correct with examples and an explanation about what the difference is between “flavour” and “flavor.”

Flavour or Flavor – Which Spelling Is Correct?

Both “flavour” and “flavor” are correct spelling variations. “Flavour” is favoured in the UK and Australia, whilst “flavor” is the preferred spelling in the US and Canada. The difference in spelling is the same as in the words “colour” and “color”, for which North American English often removes the “u” from such words.

flavour or flavor

The Cambridge Dictionary states that “flavour” is the UK spelling and that it means “how a food or drink tastes” or “a particular quality or character.”

The Cambridge Dictionary also lists “flavor” as the US spelling variant of “flavour”, which is therefore likely to be used in Canada.

“Flavour” and “flavor” are synonyms, and there is absolutely no difference in meaning between them.

Just be aware that if you are writing in American or Canadian English, it is best to use “flavor”; in British and Australian English, it is best to use “flavour.” Whichever you choose to start within your text, that is the one you should use throughout the rest of the document.

Here are some examples of “flavour” in a sentence:

  1. My favourite flavour of soft drinks is orange or blackcurrant.
  2. Harry is the flavour of the month in the office at the moment! He is leading the sales chart.
  3. What I cannot stand is food that has no flavour!
  4. The book had a solid military flavour and was dedicated purely to war stories.
  5. I like to leave my phone at home so I can enjoy the authentic flavour of my experiences
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Flavour or Flavor in the UK?

The Cambridge Dictionary states that in the UK, “flavour” is the correct spelling and “flavor” is listed as a US variant. Often in American spelling, the “u” is removed from words like “flavour”, “colour”, and “vigour.”

The Google Ngram Viewer shows that in the UK, “flavour” has always been more common than “flavor”, although “flavor” has slowly risen in frequency since the 1960s.

flavour or flavor UK

Despite some fluctuations over the last 50 years, the spelling “flavour” has risen sharply in the UK since 2010.

Flavour or Flavor in the US?

The Cambridge Dictionary and Collins Dictionary list “flavor” as the US variant of the word “flavour.” The meaning is the same as “flavour”, which refers to how food or drinks taste or a particular trait or characteristic.

The Google Ngram Viewer shows that in the US, although there is small usage of “flavour”, the spelling “flavor” has always been more common, and its frequency has grown over the last 20 years.

flavour or flavor US

Flavour or Flavor in Canada?

In Canada, they would spell the word “flavor” to match the US spelling variant. There may be moderate use of “flavour” in Canada, which would be accepted, but “flavor” is found far more commonly, the same as in the US.

Flavour or Flavor in Australia

In Australia, the word’s correct spelling would be “flavour”, which is the same as the British variant. The spelling “flavor” is still recognised and accepted, but as in the UK, the more common of the two words is “flavour”, the same as with the word “colour.”

Flavour or Flavor in Other Countries?

Choosing between “flavour” and “flavor” depends on which version of English you use. For example, when writing in British or Australian English, “flavour” is more common, whereas in American or Canadian English “, flavor” is more common.

The Google Ngram for global use shows that “flavor” has always been more popular than “flavour”, although the difference has become smaller since 1950.

flavour or flavor usage

The increased use of “flavor” is probably because the US has a much higher population than the UK and Australia, and also “flavor” is more commonly used in the UK and other parts of the world than “flavour” is used in the US.

Final Thoughts

“Flavour” is the official UK variant and is also found quite frequently in Australia, while “flavor” is the US version and is found more in the US and Canada. Globally, “flavor” is more common than “flavour.” In the UK, its use has grown since the 1960s, although “flavour” remains more common.