‘Modelling' vs 'Modeling': What's the Difference Between the Two?

By Shanea Patterson, updated on December 20, 2022

Are you going to sign a ‘modelling’ contract or a ‘modeling’ contract? What’s the difference between the two? This article will cover that, and you’ll also learn how to use both words correctly in a sentence.

But if you want the quick answer, here it is:

  • ‘Modeling’ is the American English spelling of the word.
  • ‘Modelling’ is the British American spelling of the word.

‘Modeling’ vs. ‘Modelling’ – What’s the Difference?

As you just learned, the difference between the two words is that ‘modeling’ is the American English spelling of the word, and the other is the British American spelling of the word.

British English versus American English

It’s common to see American English and British English words with similar spellings. Oftentimes, they’re only one letter off, just like with ‘modeling’ and ‘modeling.’

Take a look at a few examples of other words you might come across that have both British and American English spellings.

  • Analyze > Analyse
  • Honor > Honour
  • Mom > Mum
  • Humor > Humour
  • Labeled > Labelled
  • Defense > Defence
  • Canceled > Cancelled
  • Jewelry > Jewellery

Now that you know more about British English versus American English, let’s quickly define the word, so we know how to use it in a sentence later.

Definition and Meaning 

Since ‘modeling’ comes from ‘model,’ we’ll define that.

The Merriam-Webster definition of ‘model’ is: “a usually miniature representation of something,” “also: a pattern of something to be made,” “a type of design of a product (such as a car),” “a type or design of clothing,” “a system of postulates, data, and interfaces presented as a mathematical description of an entry or state of affairs,” “also: a computer simulation based on such a system,” “archetype,” “an example for imitation or emulation,” “one who is employed to display clothes or other merchandise,” “a person or thing that serves as a pattern for an artist,” “version,” “a description or analogy used to help visualize something (such as an atom) that cannot be directly observed,” and “structural design.”

It also means: “an organism whose appearance a mimic imitates,” “animal model,” “copy, image,” and “a set of plans for a building.”

The verb form of the word means: “to construct or fashion in imitation of a particular model,” “to shape or fashion in a plastic material,” “to produce a representation or simulation of,” “to display by wearing, using, or posing with,” “to plan or form after a pattern: shape,” “archaic: to make into an organization (such as an army, government, or parish).”

The intransitive verb means: “to work or act as a fashion or art model” and “to design or imitate forms: make a pattern.”

As an adjective, it’s defined as: “serving as or capable of serving as a pattern” and “being a usually miniature representation of something.”

How to Use Both Words Correctly in a Sentence 

We’ve got the definition and meaning down, so let’s look at examples of how to use both words in a sentence now.

  • Let’s go sign your new modeling contract. You’re going to be on the runway!
  • I never thought modeling would be in my future. I’m only 5’5.
  • I’m not sure if we’re modeling evening gowns or swimwear tonight.
  • My fiancée is going to be modeling Fenty clothes.
  • Modeling can be a fun career for young girls working their way through college.
  • Modeling is a lot of pressure. I don’t know if I’m ready for it.

Remember, these words can be swapped out for one another if you’re suddenly writing for a different audience.

Concluding Thoughts on ‘Modelling’ and ‘Modeling’

To recap, the difference between ‘modelling’ and ‘modeling’ is that the former is the British English spelling of the word, and the latter is the American English spelling of the word. There are a few words like this in the English language, some of which we mentioned earlier.

If you ever find yourself struggling with which to use, you can always come back here to refresh your memory. We’ve also got a whole library of content dedicated to explaining confusing words you might come across as you’re learning the language. Don’t be afraid to come back whenever you need to.

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Written By:
Shanea Patterson
Shanea Patterson is a writer based in New York and loves writing for brands big and small. She has a master's degree in professional writing from New York University and a bachelor's degree in English from Mercy College.

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