program (see usage note below)
From LL. programma, from Gr..
- A set of structured activity|activities.
#* Our programme for todayâ€™s exercise class includes swimming and jogging.
- A leaflet listing information about a play, game or other activity.
- A performance of a show or other broadcast on radio or television.
#* Tonightâ€™s programme was sponsored by the Wiktionary dictionary and Wikipedia encyclopedia.
- A particular mindset or method of doing things.
#* Come on, John, why donâ€™t you get with the programme and tell him where the detonators are? - Ellis in the movie Die Hard.
italbrac|leaflet: playbill (for a play)
The spelling programme is a 19th-century Frenchified version of program, which first appeared in Scotland in the 17th century and is the only spelling normally found in the U.S. The Oxford English Dictionary entry, written around 1908 and listing both spellings, said program was preferable, since it conformed to the usual representation of the Greek as in anagram, diagram, telegram etc. In British English, program is the common spelling for computer programs, but for other meanings programme is used. In Australia, program has been endorsed by government style for all senses since the 1960s, although programme is also common. In Canada both are used, although program prevails; the Canadian Oxford Dictionary makes no meaning-based distinction between it and programme, and many Canadian government documents use programme in all senses of the word also to match the spelling of the French equivalent.
In the U.S., programme is occasionally used for sense 2, in an effort to appear exotic.