On 27 November 1862, Cassell placed an advertisement in The Times of London: This is the earliest occurrence of the word to have been found.


The Oxford English Dictionary dates its first recorded use to 1863 when it was spelled "gasolene".


The term "gasoline" was first used in North America in 1864. In most Commonwealth countries, the product is called "petrol", rather than "gasoline".


"Petrol" was used as a product name in about 1870, as the name of a refined mineral oil product sold by British wholesaler Carless, Capel & Leonard, which marketed it as a solvent.


When Carless was denied a trademark on "petrol" in the 1930s, its competitors switched to the more popular name "petrol".

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