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Online Dictionaries - African Dictionaries

Online Dictionaries From Around The World!
Presented here is a collection of pages with links to online dictionaries in languages from all over the world, including monolingual online dictionaries, bilingual online dictionaries, online technical and specialty dictionaries, and online translation engines and hyper-dictionaries. If you find any of the links dead and you want to notify us, or if you have recommendations for another dictionary to add to the site, contact us by email at

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Online Dictionaries Main Index


Ethiopic's English-Amharic Glossary - Online HTML glossary of English words and their Amharic equivalents; uses a transliteration scheme that doesn't require non-English fonts.


Comparative Bantu OnLine Dictionary (CBOLD) - The CBOLD project was started in 1994 by Larry Hyman and John Lowe at Berkeley to produce a lexicographic database to support and enhance the theoretical, descriptive, and historical linguistic study of the languages in the important Bantu family. The site contains searchable dictionaries in Bukusu, Chewa, Emakhua, Ganda, Gevove, Jita, Kalanga, Kerewe, Kiga, Koyo, Lozi, Mpongwe, Nande, Ndebele, Nyambo, Nyamwezi, Pende, Shi, Venda, and Yao, plus Tervuren's database of Bantu Lexical Reconstructions and the Tanzanian Language Survey.


G.P. Bargery's Hausa-English Dictionaries - Online searchable electronic edition of Bargery's A Hausa-English Dictionary and English-Hausa Vocabulary, considered the greatest Hausa dictionary yet compiled, with the the largest number of words, derived forms, and dialectal forms. There are over 39,000 Hausa words defined, with 4,600 English words and their Hausa equivalents.
Hausar Baka Vocabulary - PDF Hausa-English dictionaries of the vocabulary used in the Hausar Baka video series.
Hausa-Boko-German-English Dictionary - Online searchable quatralingual dictionary, with queries from Boko, German, and English into Hausa and the other languages.


Gandaancestry Online Luganda Dictionary - Online searchable bilingual Luganda-English dictionary.


The Malagasy Encyclopedia - Online HTML dictionaries for Malagasy-French and Malagasy-English, with interface in both English and French. Malagasy-French Dictionary - Online HTML dictionaries for Malagasy-French and French-Malagasy, plus a Malagasy grammar, conversations, texts, and articles.


Peace Corps Mandinka-English Dictionary - Downloadable PDF dictionary of Mandinka words with English definitions; site also includes a Mandinka Grammar Manual in PDF format, and a lexical training database of Mandinka and Wolof words in MS Access format and FoxBase Mac+, downloadable for Windows and Mac platforms.


Freelang Kinyarwanda-English dictionary - Free downloadable glossary by Freelang, with 2000 words each for Kinyarwanda-English and English-Kinyarwanda.


Duramazwi RechiShona (The General Shona Dictionary) - Online searchable monolingual Shona dictionary developed by The Norwegian Documentation Project and the African Languages Lexical Project.


Markacadey Somali-English Dictionary - Online bilingual Somali-English dictionary with a good-sized vocabulary set with an HTML alphabetical index. Somali-French Dictionary - Online searchable bilingual Somali-French dictionary.
Redsea Somali-English-Italian Dictionary - Small online trilingual Somali-English-Italian dictionary.
Freelang Somali-English Dictionary - Small online bilingual dictionary from Freelang, searchable and downloadable.


Sesotho sa Leboa (Northern Sotho) - English Dictionary - Online searchable bilingual Northern Sotho-English dictionary, with interfaces in both English and Sotho.
Online Explanatory Sesotho sa Leboa Dictionary - Online searchable monolingual Northern Sotho (Sesotho sa Leboa) dictionary.
Bukantswe: Sesotho-English Dictionary - Web version of the Bukantswe dictionary, in both HTML indexed format and searchable.
Bukantswe: Electronic Sesotho-English Dictionary - Bukantswe is a freely downloadable electronic Sesotho-English dictionary of over 8000 entries for Windows 95/98/XP.


Peace Corps Wolof-English Dictionary - Downloadable PDF dictionary of Wolof words with English definitions; site also includes a Wolof Grammar Manual in PDF format, and a lexical training database of Wolof and Mandinka words in MS Access format, downloadable for Windows and Mac platforms.
Wolof-English-Swedish Word Lists - Trilingual wordlists for Wolof-English-Swedish, with common verbs, nouns, pronouns, phrases, etc.
French-Wolof Glossary - HTML glossary of French words and their Wolof equivalents, indexed alphabetically.


Xhosa-English dictionary - With more than 2,500 entries, sample phrases, and articles about the language.


Petit Dictionnaire Yémba-Français (PDF format) - Downloadable Yémba-French dictionary in PDF format.


Internet Living Yoruba Dictionary - Online dictionaries courtesy of Pamela Smith Ph.D & Adebusola Onayemi FRCPC; a work in progress.
Freelang Yoruba-English Dictionary - Small online bilingual dictionary from Freelang, searchable and downloadable.

  Zulu Zulu-English Dictionary - Online searchable bilingual Zulu-English dictionary.