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Strictly British

afters
Dessert.

airing cupboard
A cupboard for airing linen and clothing (NSOED). Similar to U.S. "linen closet."

Alice band
A hair band of the type worn by a young girl to hold her hair back from her face; from the way Alice wore her hair in WEB LINKAlice Through the Looking-Glass.

Axminster
Short for "Axminster carpet" or "Axminster rug" - a carpet or rug with a soft tufted pile cut of a type originally (and apparently still) manufactured at Axminster in Devon, England (NSOED).

aye
A dialect word for "yes" that in modern usage tends to be used only in nautical contexts and in formal voting. While perfectly understandable in the U.S., this word is worth noting because its use in ordinary conversation may offer clues to the speaker's place of origin. Speakers from various areas in Scotland and Yorkshire, for example, might be more likely to use this word than people elsewhere.

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