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“Gray” or “Grey”


Gray and grey are both English terms.


Gray is predominantly used in 🇺🇸 American (US) English (en-US) while grey is predominantly used in 🇬🇧 British English (used in UK/AU/NZ) (en-GB).

In terms of actual appearance and usage, here's a breakdown by country, with usage level out of 100 (if available) 👇:

Term US UK India Philippines Canada Australia Liberia Ireland New Zealand Jamaica Trinidad & Tobago Guyana
gray 45 12 21 63 23 20 62 16 16 32 26 34
grey 55 88 79 37 77 80 38 84 84 68 74 66

  • In the United States, there is a 55 to 45 preference for "grey" over "gray".
  • In the United Kingdom, there is a 88 to 12 preference for "grey" over "gray".
  • In India, there is a 79 to 21 preference for "grey" over "gray".
  • In the Philippines, there is a preference for "gray" over "grey" (63 to 37).
  • In Canada, there is a 77 to 23 preference for "grey" over "gray".
  • In Australia, there is a 80 to 20 preference for "grey" over "gray".
  • In Liberia, there is a preference for "gray" over "grey" (62 to 38).
  • In Ireland, there is a 84 to 16 preference for "grey" over "gray".
  • In New Zealand, there is a 84 to 16 preference for "grey" over "gray".
  • In Jamaica, there is a 68 to 32 preference for "grey" over "gray".
  • In Trinidad & Tobago, there is a 74 to 26 preference for "grey" over "gray".
  • In Guyana, there is a 66 to 34 preference for "grey" over "gray".

Below, we provide some examples of when to use gray or grey with sample sentences.


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Examples in Context

Examples of “gray”

  • (1870) Les Universités de Franche-Comté: Gray, Dole, Besançon J. Marchand, Dijon
  • 30 August – Muriel Gray, Scottish author, broadcaster and journalist
  • was with the Columbia when Gray first sailed to China in
  • Bee Ho Gray
  • Gray Line Worldwide
  • Freight Station is a long, gray painted frame building with a
  • of Norman Mommens and Patience Gray, 2008
  • Lemmons and named by Asa Gray.
  • founded in 2010 by Paul Gray and Phil Mason.
  • In 1972 George Gray and Ken Harrison created room-temperature

Examples of “grey”

  • family, which has stunning crimson, grey and black plumage.
  • leap week is shown in grey text in the above calendar
  • Larva black brown, reddish grey laterally, with black hairs intermixed
  • with Atomic Monster Productions and Grey Matter Productions)
  • 78th Grey Cup MVP on Offense.
  • "to admire the gaunt, the grey and the dim – nature
  • and 2, later voiced by Grey Griffin in Season 3) is
  • a founding member of the Grey League and the family's future
  • Barry "Stet Majest Alarme" Grey: Guitars
  • Osipov, "On the Lake" and "Grey Day" by Filaret Pakun, "In

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