Annex vs. annexe

  • In American and Canadian English, annex is both a noun and a verb. As a verb, it means to append or attach. As a noun, it means (1) an extension to a main building, or (2) something added or annexed. In British English, the noun is sometimes spelled annexe. This spelling is virtually nonexistent in North American publications.


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    American and Canadian writers use annex as a noun and a verb—for example:

    This time of year, the Columbia University Faculty Club becomes something of a Wall Street annex. [Los Angeles Times]

    The law allowed Glendale to annex the land. [Arizona Republic]

    This week she gave away hundreds of items as they vacated the second floor theatre and book annex. [Winnipeg Free Press]


    In British publications, the noun is sometimes spelled annexe—for example:

    On her first evening, Ellis was offered the annexe room off Lord Bath’s bedroom. [Telegraph]

    And the detail referring to the “possible military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear programme” is contained in the annexe. [Guardian]

    And sometimes it’s spelled annex—for example:

    Only an annex built in recent years would qualify. [BBC News]

    [T]he evidence gathered in a 12-page annex is hard to interpret in any other way. [The Economist]


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