Type of site
|Available in||Multiple languages|
Google Dictionary is an online dictionary service of Google that can be accessed with the "define" operator and other similar phrases[note 1] in Google Search. It is also available in Google Translate and in the form of an extension for Google Chrome. The dictionary content is licensed from Oxford University Press's OxfordDictionaries.com. It is available in different languages such as English, Spanish and French. The service also contains pronunciation audio, Google Translate, word origin chart, Ngram Viewer, and word games among other features for the English-language version. Originally available as a standalone service it was integrated into Google Search with the separate service being discontinued in August 2011.
Microsoft's Bing also provides a similar dictionary service which licenses dictionary data from Oxford Dictionaries as well. Apple also licenses dictionary data from Oxford for its iOS and macOS products.
The service originated in Google Translate, and was launched as a standalone service (google.com/dictionary) in December 2009. Google displayed definitions from Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's English Dictionary for English until August 2010 when it switched to the Oxford American College Dictionary.
After being integrated into Google Search the dictionary was discontinued as a separate service on August 5, 2011, and can now be accessed with the "define" operator or by simply searching for a word. The dictionary service is also still available in Google Translate and can be accessed by selecting a single word. Google has also released the service as an extension for Chrome.
As of 2018[update] Google licenses dictionary data from OxfordDictionaries.com for multiple languages such as British/American English, Spanish and French among others (see below).
On Arabic Language Day (December 18) in 2015 Google added an Arabic-language dictionary, available globally, to the service that showed definitions, translations, and example usages of the word in a sentence.
In February 2017, online news website Daily Caller accused Google of changing the definition of the word "fascism" in Google Dictionary. It was later found out that the definition was exactly from an external source and was not written by Google.
Google added a Hindi dictionary from Rajpal & Sons licensed via Oxford Dictionaries which also supported transliteration and translation to the service in April 2017.
In July 2017, the dictionary was made directly available by typing "dictionary" in Google Search and additional features such as a search box, autocomplete and search history were also added.
In January 2018, a "Similar-sounding words" feature was added to the English dictionary which highlights words that sound similar such as "aesthetic" and "ascetic", "pray" and "prey", "conscientious" and "conscious" etc. "Google Word Coach" vocabulary game was made available along with dictionary searches and as a separate game on mobile devices in February 2018. In August 2018, Google Search added an English and Hindi dictionary for mobile users in India with an option to switch to the English only dictionary.
A "learn to pronounce" option was added to the English dictionary in December 2018 which shows how a word is pronounced with its non-phonemic pronunciation respelling and audio in different accents (such as British and American) along with an option to slow the audio down, visemes for pronunciations were also added in April 2019.
Google displays dictionaries for the following languages licensed from Oxford Dictionaries which provides data from its own and other published dictionaries.
|Language||Dictionary||Publisher||Notes||Example search[note 2]||Refs.|
Search operator: "ما معنى"
|ما معنى أيان|||
|Chinese (Simplified)||现代汉语规范词典 [Xiandai Hanyu Guifan Cidian]
(The Standard Dictionary of Contemporary Chinese)
|Oxford University Press||Available worldwide||define 船||[a]|
|English (UK)||Oxford Dictionary of English
Oxford Thesaurus of English
|Oxford University Press||Shown worldwide (except North America)||define apple|||
|English (US)||New Oxford American Dictionary
Oxford Thesaurus of English
Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus
|Oxford University Press, Inc.||Shown in North America||define apple|||
|Oxford Wordpower Dictionary||Oxford University Press||Shown in India
(only on mobile devices)
|French||Le Petit Robert
|Dictionnaires Le Robert
|Available worldwide||define légende||[g]|
|German||Duden||Bibliographisches Institut GmbH||Available worldwide||define Kraus||[h]|
|Hindi||राजपाल हिन्दी शब्दकोश [Rajpal Hindi Shabdkosh]
(Rajpal Hindi Dictionary)
|Rajpal & Sons||Available worldwide
Operator: "ka matlab"/"ka arth"
|chappal ka matlab|||
|Italian||Il Devoto–Oli||Mondadori Education S.p.A.||Available worldwide||define attrezzo||[k]|
|Japanese||Available worldwide||define こんにちは|
|Korean||뉴에이스 국어사전 [Nyueiseu Gug-eosajeon]
New Ace Korean Language Dictionary
|DIOTEK||Available worldwide||define 한국어||[m]|
|Portuguese (Brazil)||Houaiss Dictionary of the Portuguese Language||Editora Objetiva||Available worldwide||define alho||[n]|
|Russian||Dictionary of the Russian Language (Ozhegov)||"Universe and Education" Publishing House Ltd.||Available worldwide||define ресторан||[p]|
|Spanish||Diccionario General de la Lengua Española Vox||Larousse Editorial SL||Available worldwide||define trastienda||[r]|
[Phcnanukrm Thiy Chbab Thansmay
Laea Smburn] (Complete Thai Dictionary)
|SE-Education Public Company Limited||Available worldwide||define ด||[s]|
|Turkish||Arkadaş Türkçe Sözlük||Arkadaş Publishing Ltd||Available worldwide||define iltifat||[t]|
See details for Oxford Dictionaries datasets licensing for other languages here.
Google, which – through a deal with Oxford Dictionaries – offers thumbnail definitions, audio recordings of pronunciations, etymology, a graph of usage over time and translation facilities.
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Starting today you can type in the words “ما معنى” followed by the word you want to define and access Arabic dictionary OneBox results. We expanded our dictionary search feature to all global Arabic users