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The IAS Library has compiled a list of online and print dictionaries for languages in geographic areas our library covers, including Africa, East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, and Latin American and the Caribbean. We hope that you may find these resources useful for reference or when learning a new language.

For some online dictionaries for languages with non-Roman characters, you may need to install additional language packs on your computer to correctly display the information. Information about languages in Windows 7. Information about languages in Mac OS X.

African Languages

Amharic (Ethiopian) 

Free Online Dictionaries

Berber

Online Library Resources

  • A computerized lexicon of Tamazight, Berber dialect of Ayt Seghrouchen. Ernest T. Abdel-Massih. Hathi Trust E-Resource. UIUC Login requiredCatalog record.

Dutch

Print Dictionaries: Located inside the General Reference Collection, for use in the Reference Reading Room on the 2nd floor of the Main Library

Hausa

Free Online Dictionaries

Print Dictionaries: Located inside the General Reference Collection, for use in the Reference Reading Room on the 2nd floor of the Main Library

  • An English-Hausa dictionary. Roxana Ma Newman. Call number 493.72321 N467E. Catalog record.

French 

Free Online Dictionaries

Online Library Resources

German 

Free Online Dictionaries

Swahili

Free Online Dictionaries

Wolof

Free Online Dictionaries

Xhosa

Online Dictionaries

Zulu

Free Online Dictionaries

East Asian Languages

Korean

Free Online Dictionaries

Print Dictionaries: Located inside the IAS Reference Collection, for use in the IAS Library Reading Room

Japanese

Free Online Dictionaries

Print Dictionaries: Located inside the IAS Reference Collection, for use in the IAS Library Reading Room

Vietnamese

Free Online Dictionaries

Print Dictionaries: Located inside the IAS Reference Collection, for use in the IAS Library Reading Room

  • Tự-điển tiêu-chuẩn Anh-Việt = Standard pronouncing English-Vietnamese dictionary. Lê Bá Kông. Call number 495.92 L49S1964. Catalog record. 

Thai

Free Online Dictionaries

Hmong 

Free Online Dictionaries

Mandarin (Chinese)

Free Online Dictionaries

  • MDBG Chinese-English Dictionary. Allows searching for definitions in English, Pinyin, or Chinese characters, as well as looking up characters by radical or by writing them using your mouse.

Print Dictionaries: Located inside the IAS Reference Collection, for use in the IAS Library Reading Room

  • A frequency dictionary of Mandarin Chinese : core vocabulary for learners. Richard Xiao, Paul Rayson and Tony McEnery. Call number 495.1321 X4f. Catalog record.
  • Harper-Collins Chinese concise dictionary, Chinese-English, English-Chinese. Marianne Davidson, Julie Kleeman, Sarah Waldram. Call number 495.1 H231. Catalog record.
  • 综合汉英习语词典 = a comprehensive Chinese-English dictionary of Chinese idioms. 周宸明, 姚乃強, 严维明编著. Call number PL1273 .T75X. Catalog record.

Cantonese (Chinese) 

Free Online Dictionaries

  • CantoDict. A community-edited dictionary. Supports searching in English, Chinese characters, Cantonese Jyutping and Mandarin Pinyin. 

South Asian Languages

Bengali 

Free Online Dictionaries 

Print Dictionaries

Gujarati 

Free Online Dictionaries

Print Dictionaries: Located inside the IAS Reference Collection, for use in the IAS Library Reading Room

Hindi

Free Online Dictionaries

Print Dictionaries: Located inside the IAS Reference Collection, for use in the IAS Library Reading Room 

  • The Oxford Hindi-English dictionary. R.S. McGregor, ed. Call number 491.431321 M178o. Catalog record.  

Indonesian/Malay

Free Online Dictionaries

Print Dictionaries: Located inside the General Reference Collection, for use in the Reference Reading Room on the 2nd floor of the Main Library

Javanese

Free Online Dictionaries

Print Dictionaries: Located inside the General Reference Collection, for use in the Reference Reading Room on the 2nd floor of the Main Library

  • Javanese-English dictionary. Elinor Clark Horne. Call number 499.222 H78J. Catalog record. 

Kannada

Free Online Dictionaries

Print Dictionaries: Located inside the IAS Reference Collection, for use in the IAS Library Reading Room

Malayalam 

Free Online Dictionaries

Marathi 

Free Online Dictionaries 

Print Dictionaries: Located inside the IAS Reference Collection, for use in the IAS Library Reading Room

Punjabi 

Free Online Dictionaries

Print Dictionaries: Located inside the IAS Reference Collection, for use in the IAS Library Reading Room

Telugu 

Free Online Dictionaries 

Print Dictionaries: Located inside the IAS Reference Collection, for use in the IAS Library Reading Room 

Tamil

Free Online Dictionaries

Urdu 

Free Online Dictionaries

Print Dictionaries 

Middle Eastern Languages

Arabic

Print Dictionaries: Located inside the IAS Reference Collection, for use in the IAS Library Reading Room 

Turkish 

Free Online Dictionaries

Print Dictionaries: Located inside the IAS Reference Collection, for use in the IAS Library Reading Room 

  • Dictionary of the Turkic languages : English, Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Tatar, Turkish, Turkmen, Uighur, Uzbek. Kurtuluş Öztopçu et al. Call number: 423.943 D5611999. Catalog record.

Persian/Farsi

Free Online Dictionaries 

Print Dictionaries: Located inside the IAS Reference Collection, for use in the IAS Library Reading Room

  • The new unabridged English-Persian dictionary. Abbas Aryanpur (Kashani) et al. Call number: 491.553 AR9N. Catalog record. 
  • The larger English-Persian dictionary, designed to give the Persian meanings of 80,000 words, idioms, phrases, and proverbs in the English language, as well as the transliteration of difficult Persian words. S. Haïm. Call number: PK6379 .H261959. Catalog record. 

Pashto

Free Online Dictionaries

Slavic and Eastern European Languages

Bulgarian

Free Online Dictionaries

Print Dictionaries: Located inside the IAS Reference Collection, for use in the IAS Library Reading Room

  • Angliĭsko-bŭlgarski rechnik = English-Bulgarian dictionary. Call number: 491.81 An46b. Catalog record.

Polish

Free Online Dictionaries

  • Dict.pl Polish-English-Polish Dictionary, supports searching in both characters, search box allows for easily adding diacritics

Online Library Resources

  • Collins English-Polish dictionary. Jacek Fisiak, editor-in-chief. Credo Reference. UIUC Login Required. Catalog record.

Print Dictionaries: Located inside the IAS Reference Collection, for use in the IAS Library Reading Room

  • Wielki słownik angielsko-polski = English-Polish dictionary. Jadwiga Linde-Usiekniewicz, chief editor. Call number 491.853 W636. Catalog record.

Russian

Free Online Dictionaries

Print Dictionaries: Located inside the IAS Reference Collection, for use in the IAS Library Reading Room

Serbo-Croatian 

Free Online Dictionaries

Print Dictionaries: Located inside the General Reference Collection, for use in the Reference Reading Room on the 2nd floor of the Main Library

Ukrainian

Print Dictionaries: Located inside the IAS Reference Collection, for use in the IAS Library Reading Room

Latin American and Caribbean Languages

Portuguese

Free Online Dictionaries

Online Library Resources 

Print Dictionaries: Located inside the General Reference Collection, for use in the Reference Reading Room on the 2nd floor of the Main Library

Quechua  

Free Online Dictionaries

Spanish

Free Online Dictionaries

Online Library Resources

  • Collins Spanish-English Dictionary. Ed. Jeremy Butterfield et al. Credo Reference. UIUC Login Required. Catalog record.

Multi-Language Resources

Free Online Dictionaries

Online Library Resources

  • Oxford language dictionaries online. Contains English to French, German, Chinese, Spanish, Russian and Italian. UIUC Login Required. Catalog record.