The Wenlin Dictionaries Wiki is the home of several dictionaries and related tools for education, linguistics, and lexicography. We provide online access free of charge to a variety of resources, including abridged dictionaries. We also provide online access to additional resources, such as complete unabridged dictionaries and advanced software tools, on an affordable monthly subscription basis. We encourage all users to sign up at least for a free membership, which enables some features not available to anonymous users, such as setting preferences.
The dictionaries include:
- The Wenlin Zidian (Wenlin Institute, Inc. SPC). Each entry describes a single Chinese character, with explanation in English, and connections to related characters and vocabulary. Its wiki namespace is 'Zi', for zìdiǎn 字典 (character dictionary). Sample entry: Zi:字
- The ABC Chinese-English Comprehensive Dictionary (John DeFrancis et al.). This is a dictionary of Mandarin Chinese words and phrases, with glosses (definitions) and translations in English. Its wiki namespace is 'Ci', for cídiǎn 词典 (dictionary of words). Sample entry: cídiǎn
- The ABC English-Chinese Dictionary (John DeFrancis, Zhang Yanyin, et al.). The entries describe English words, with glosses and translations in Mandarin Chinese. Its wiki namespace is 'En', for English. Sample entry: tiger
- The ABC Cantonese-English Dictionary by Robert S Bauer. The entries describe Cantonese vocabulary, with glosses in English. Its wiki namespace is 'Jyut'. Sample entry: aa¹
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