What’s the difference between receipt and recipe?

This week we are looking at two words which are easily confused: receipt and recipe.

receipt

till receipt

receipt is a piece of paper that confirms that money or goods have been received.

We’ve got receipts for each thing we’ve bought.

recipe

open recipe book

recipe a set of instructions telling you how to cook something.

This is an old Polish recipe for beetroot soup.


Find out more in our English Usage article.

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