Labelled or Labeled | Difference & Examples

Labelled and labeled are two different spellings of the past tense of the verblabel,” referring to the act of attaching a label or identifying marker to something. The verb is also used negatively to refer to the act of assigning someone or something to a specific category.

The spelling tends to vary based on whether you’re using UK or US English:

  • In US English, “labeled” (one “l”) is standard.
  • In UK English, “labelled” (double “l”) is correct.
Examples: Labeled and labelled in a sentence
Many items were labeled/labelled incorrectly.

Even though the two politicians labeled/labelled each other dangerous, they were quite alike in their beliefs.

All of Niamh’s files were meticulously labeled/labelled.

When you’ve labeled/labelled the new products, please put them on the shelves.

Labelling or labeling

The same spelling distinction applies to the present participle (“-ing”) forms of the verb.

  • In US English, it’s “labeling” (one “l”).
  • In UK English, it’s “labelling” (double “l”).
Examples: Labelling and labeling in a sentence
Gus is currently labeling/labelling the different types of baked goods.

The media has been unfairly labeling/labelling Charlie as a callous thief.

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