threelights/CEdict.png 中文 - English Online Dictionary
Input Language: 简体字 繁体字 Pin Yin English

FAQ and usage instructions

This translation software uses the UTF-8 encoding for displaying simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese characters. If your operating system does not support Unicode, you will either see squares, question marks or random characters instead of all Chinese characters. Most modern operating systems are actually able to output Chinese. But, because of the comparatively vast amount of resources required for storing and rendering the entire Chinese character-set, many disable support for Asian languages by default. Please refer to your operating system's manual for further information regarding Asian language support.

If you have properly enabled support for East Asian languages and still experience display issues, you may want to try forcing the "Unicode UTF-8" codepage in your browser. Your browser's manual should contain a guide that explains how to do it.

Unlike the ThreeLights CEdict Desktop Dictionary, this web service will not attempt to detect your input language automatically. You will have to check the respective radio button below the input box by yourself to specify what language the program should use to interpret your input.

  • Searching in "简体字" and "繁体字" is strait forward. Just enable your favorite IME and type. Results are ordered alphabetically ascending by "Pin Yin".
  • "Pin Yin": Each entered syllable (except the last) must be terminated with space. The four basic tones of Mandarin are represented by the numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4. The tones must be entered directly (without space) behind the syllables. The program will automatically match all tones if you do not specify a tone number. The letter "v" substitutes "ü". "ü" and "u:" will be automatically converted into "v". Lookup is not case sensitive. Results are ordered alphabetically ascending by "Pin Yin".
  • Dictionary lookups in "English" are not case sensitive. Results are ordered alphabetically ascending by "English".

This translation software is based on CC-CEDICT. CC-CEDICT is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. The dictionary is maintained and extended by many people around the globe. Check out the above link if you want to become one of them.
Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License

ThreeLights CEdict Desktop Dictionary is a standalone (=offline) version of this dictionary. It is much more interactive than the web-based version. ThreeLights CEdict Desktop Dictionary does not require an active internet connection to function properly. You can download it here.
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