This category lists non-commercial online dictionaries and glossaries of Chinese with English interfaces, compare Chinese interfaces under the World: Chinese Simplified/Traditional: 参考 [reference works]: 字典 [dictionaries] categories below. Many free dictionaries of Chinese are based upon two sources: the voluntary CEDICT (Chinese-English Dictionary) and CCDICT (Chinese Character Dictionary) Project and the Unihan (CJK Unified Ideographs) Database. While any graphical browser can show Chinese characters on Websites using GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) bitmap images, some sites require support for double-byte fonts, either traditional character Big5, simplified character GB, or all-inclusive Unicode UTF-8 or UTF-16 fonts. For details, see Computers: Software: Globalization: Language Specific: CJKV: Chinese .
Searchable by English or Chinese, integrates several dictionaries, including The American Heritage Dictionary, and a thesaurus. (UTF-8)
Adam Sheik's CCDICT server provides a collaborative online English/Cantonese/Mandarin database, classifying over 13,000 words by usage as oral Cantonese only, written Mandarin Chinese, or both. (UTF-8)
Volunteer lexicographic project (inspired by Japanese EDICT) that Paul Denisowski began and Erik Peterson maintains.(Big5, GB, UTF-8)
Dictionary server searchable by radical, stroke, Cantonese (in seven romanization systems) initial, final, or tone. Provides English translation, pronunciations, homophones, compound words, and dictionary references.
Arch Chinese's character or phrase interface searchable by Pinyin, English, or characters. Additionally provides animated stroke orders, flashcards, and worksheets. (UTF-8)
Rick Harbaugh’s site hyperlinks across thirteen major online dictionaries at the character-to-character level. Search by radical, character, or English. Also adds definition links to Chinese text. (GB, Big5)
Mandarin characters database. Stroke order animations, radicals, strokes, pinyin and definitions.
Classical Chinese character dictionary searchable by character or radical-stroke. Provides example usages linked to database of ancient Chinese texts.
Site provides Chinese-English tools for words, kinship terms, and personal names; and converters for currency, calendar, character codes, etc. (Big5, GB, UTF-8)
Clear Chinese's CEDICT interface can be searched by Chinese characters, Pinyin, or English. Chinese pronunciation AIF files are available. (UTF-8)
TigerNT’s CEDICT server searchable by character, Pinyin, or English. (GB, Big5, GIF)
Site provides Chinese-English, English-Chinese, and Chinese-French dictionaries; traditional/simplified and Chinese/Unicode converters; and Pinyin dictionary annotation tools. (Big5, GB, UTF-8)
English-Chinese and Chinese-English dictionary for tattoo and art design. (JPEG)
Searchable dictionary by English, pinyin, stroke order, or Chinese (GB, Big5, or Unicode encodings).
Charles Muller’s database of CJKV (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese) characters and compounds related to East Asian cultural, political, and intellectual history.(UTF-8)
Sergei Starostin's The Tower of Babel Etymological Database Project of Chinese characters, with readings in modern Pinyin, Japanese, Sino-Vietnamese, Middle Chinese, and Old Chinese. It links to Chinese dialectal and Sino-Tibetan information, and gives English translations. (UTF-8)
Specialized online database of scientific terminology with over 420,000 entries. (GB)
Translations of standard Markup Language from The Chinese XML Now! Project. (UTF-8)
Wong Kia Boon’s glossary of Chinese terminology from PRC, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. (GIF)
About.com’s dictionary of common Chinese characters, English index. (GIF)
The Nuclear Threat Initiative’s Chinese and English glossaries for nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons, missile defense, treaties, and organizations; searchable by English term, acronym, or Pinyin. (GB)
Jan-Erik Nilsson’s list of specialized vocabulary for East Asian pottery and porcelain.
Chinese characters database. Definitions, pinyin, character lists.
English-Chinese and Chinese-English glossaries of legal and electoral legislative terms, from the Bilingual Laws Information System (BLIS). (Big5)
English-Chinese and Chinese-English interfaces using the Linux Chinese/English dictionary database pyDict, written in Python/GTK. (Big5, GB)
Chinese University of Hong Kong’s Web edition based upon the1972 dictionary with over 40,000 entries. Indexed by radical, Pinyin, and English, and searchable by full text or head character. (Big5)
Dictionaries searchable by English, Pinyin, Chinese character, radical-stroke, or handwriting recognition. Provides MP3 pronunciations, idioms, and usage examples. (UTF-8)
MandarinSpot's MDBG Chinese-English server with search by traditional or simplified characters, pinyin, or English. (UTF-8)
Provides handwriting recognition and MP3 pronunciations for both Mandarin and Cantonese. Menus support simplified and traditional Chinese. (UTF-8, Big5, GB)
Bilingual English or Pinyin search interface for WAP-enabled cell phones and other devices capable of handling WML pages. (Big5, GB)
Indra Kurniawan’s CEDICT and Unihan interface, searchable by English, Pinyin, Japanese, Cantonese, Chinese character, or radical-stroke. (UTF-8)
This reference has over 150,000 entries, combining public-domain Chinese dictionaries with in-house specialized glossaries. Search by Chinese character, Pinyin romanization, or English. (Big5)
Standardized information about "Unified Han" (CJK: Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) Ideographs [sic], which are part of Unicode version 4.0. Includes characters, variants, encodings, dictionary citations, radical-stroke, Pinyin, Cantonese, and Tang Chinese pronunciations, Japanese and Korean pronunciations, compounds, etc. (UTF-8)
English-Chinese and Chinese-English dictionary, providing audio pronunciation for every Chinese entry.
CEDICT and Unihan server with search by simplified Chinese character, Pinyin, English, radical, stroke, or usage frequency. (UTF-8)
CEDICT and Unihan interface allowing word search by English, Chinese character, or Pinyin with tone numbers or marks; and character search by component or radical-stroke. Proprietary software required to hear pronunciation. (UTF-8)
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