Did you know that \u201cdraft\u201d and \u201cdraught\u201d sound the same? We won\u2019t blame you if not, as \u201cdraught\u201d is rarely used in American English. However, \u201cdraught\u201d is common in other English dialects, including British English. And they use it for words we spell \u201cdraft.\u201d Check out our tips below to find out how this works!\r\nDraft in American English\r\nIn the USA, \u201cdraft\u201d can be a noun, verb, or adjective.\r\nAs a noun, its meanings include:\r\n\r\n\tA written order for a bank to pay money (e.g., A banker\u2019s draft)\r\n\tConscription, typically to the military (e.g., Called up in the draft)\r\n\tAn initial plan or version of something (e.g., A first draft of a document)\r\n\tA current of air (e.g., A cool draft came through the window)\r\n\tAn act of drinking or inhaling (e.g., She downed the beer in a single draft)\r\n\r\nAs a verb, we can use it to mean:\r\n\r\n\tPrepare an initial version of a document (e.g., To draft a letter)\r\n\tTo enact conscription (e.g., To be drafted into the army)\r\n\r\nAnd as an adjective, it can mean:\r\n\r\n\tDrink served from a barrel or tank (e.g., A draft beer)\r\n\tAn animal that pulls a heavy load (e.g., A draft horse)\r\n\r\nUsing the same spelling for all these senses makes it easy to remember! But, outside North America, people use \u201cdraught\u201d for some of the definitions above instead. Let's take a look at when this applies.\r\nDraught in British English (Drinks, Wind, Horses and Games)\r\n\u201cDraught\u201d is actually an older spelling than \u201cdraft,\u201d and we still find it in British English and other dialects that borrow heavily from British English (e.g., Australian English). However, even in the UK, \u201cdraught\u201d is only correct for certain uses. When discussing a \u201cbanker\u2019s draft,\u201d a \u201cmilitary draft,\u201d or an initial version of something, the correct spelling is \u201cdraft,\u201d just like in US English.\r\nThe definitions to remember, then, are the following uses as a noun:\r\n\r\n\tA current of air (e.g., A cool draught came through the window)\r\n\tAn act of drinking or inhaling (e.g., She downed the beer in a single draught)\r\n\tThe depth of water needed to float a ship (e.g., A shallow draught)\r\n\tThe game of checkers, which is known as \u201cdraughts\u201d in the UK\r\n\r\nIn addition, British English uses \u201cdraught\u201d as an adjective in two cases:\r\n\r\n\tDrink served from a barrel or tank (e.g., A draught beer)\r\n\tAn animal that pulls a heavy load (e.g., A draught horse)\r\n\r\nThe only time you may see \u201cdraught\u201d used regularly in the USA is in relation to draught beer. Even then, though, the standard spelling for a drink served from a barrel in American English is \u201cdraft.\u201d\r\nSummary: Draft or Draught?\r\nIn American English, this question is simple: You can use \u201cdraft\u201d for all definitions of this word. This includes all noun, verb, and adjective uses, as \u201cdraught\u201d is not typically used in North America.\r\nHowever, in British English or similar dialects, \u201cdraught\u201d is used:\r\n\r\n\tAs a noun meaning a current of air, an act of drinking, the depth of water needed to float a boat, or as the name of the game we call checkers.\r\n\tAs an adjective that applies to drink served from a barrel (e.g., "draught beer") or an animal that pulls a heavy load (e.g., "a draught horse").\r\n\r\nAnd if you\u2019re ever unsure whether you\u2019ve used \u201cdraught\u201d correctly \u2013 or need help with any other aspect of your writing \u2013 you can always upload a document for proofreading. We have experts in American and British English, so just let us know when dialect you want to use!