You are reading the English
version of this multilingual dictionary of all languages,
in which all words of all languages are explained in English, in a descriptivist
) way. In the left sidebar you will find links to other language versions of Wiktionary, in which the definitions are presented in other languages; each Wiktionary has a language code in its URL that designates which language it uses for its explanations.
Designed as the lexical companion to Wikipedia
, the encyclopedia project, Wiktionary has grown beyond a standard dictionary and now includes a thesaurus
, a rhyme guide, phrase books, language statistics and extensive appendices. We aim to include not only the definition of a word, but also enough information to really understand it. Thus etymologies
, pronunciations, sample quotations, synonyms, antonyms, translations, etc., are included.
We have created 6,685,092 entries since starting in December, 2002, and we’re still growing.
People like you are very active in building this project
. While you are reading this, it is likely someone is editing one of our entries. Many knowledgeable people are already at work, but everybody is welcome
You can dive in
right now and add or alter a definition, add example sentences, or help us to properly format or categorize entries. You can even create a page
for a term we’re missing. Please feel free to be bold
in editing pages!
How could allowing everyone to edit produce a high‐quality product instead of total disorder? Because most people want to help, and keeping it open to everyone creates the potential for making many good and ever-improving entries. Records are kept of all changes, so even unhelpful edits can easily be reverted
by other users. To use a now‐famous catchphrase, in essence: “Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow
To start out, users might want to use the ‘Recent changes
’ or ‘Random page
’ link (found in the navigation box elsewhere on this page), to get an idea of the kinds of pages you can find here. (It might be surprising how many non-English words are entered here!)
Norms and etiquette
One important thing you should know is that we have borrowed from our sister project Wikipedia
some cultural norms
you should respect:
- We try not to argue pointlessly. This isn’t a debate forum. After civilized and reasonable discussion, we try to reach broad consensus in order to present an accurate, neutral summary of all relevant facts for future readers.
- We try to make the entries as unbiased as we can, meaning that definitions or descriptions — even of controversial topics — are not meant to be platforms for preaching of any kind.
- Bear in mind this is a dictionary, which means there are many things it is not.
- At any point, if you are uncomfortable changing someone else’s work, and you want to add a thought (or question or comment) about an entry or other page, the place is its talk page (click on the "discussion" tab at the top or the "Discuss this page" link in the sidebar or elsewhere, depending on your preference skin). Note, though, that we try to keep discussion focused on improving this dictionary.
However, there are also some differences between Wikipedia and Wiktionary. If you already have some experience with editing Wikipedia, then you may find our guide to Wikipedia users
useful as a quick introduction.
For more information
More introductory information and descriptions of community norms are on the following pages:
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