Electronic dictionary

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Langenscheidt alpha 8 - an electronic dictionary - here in the French version
Electronic dictionary in pen form with built-in scanner at the tip for reading in the word to be translated
Various models of electronic dictionaries in a Tokyo electronics store

An electronic dictionary is a dictionary whose content is in digital form . Compared to the printed dictionary, this also enables multimedia content such as speech recognition , animations and sound recordings , as well as simpler linkage options and search functions. Electronic dictionaries can be created for online or offline use.


In addition to the platform-independent software solutions for electronic dictionaries that are installed on individual PCs and those that are tailored to individual operating systems , such as the Babylon Translator , there are the following variants:

Electronic pocket dictionary

Handhelds that have a translation function have been around since the 1980s . The first device of this type worldwide was the Casio "TR-2000", which was brought onto the market in 1981. Such handhelds contain one or more editorial dictionaries with search and lookup functions. Compared to printed dictionaries, the data records of handhelds are usually specially prepared, e.g. B. particularly to be able to represent idiomatic expressions or example sentences or to search for them specifically.

Word list

The simplest form of an electronic dictionary is a monolingual or multilingual text file (usually ASCII or UTF-8 ), which contains the terms in alphabetical order and which is integrated into word processing programs for spell checking or translation assistance .

Online dictionary

An online dictionary is a database-based dictionary that can be accessed via the Internet . In this case, the front end is usually the browser . This form often offers the user the opportunity to turn to an affiliated Internet forum of the provider, for example if the work used does not treat a lemma or treats it unsatisfactorily. Well-known German-language examples are the offers from dict.cc (with forum), Duden , Langenscheidt , LEO (with forum), Linguee and PONS .

A new form of online dictionaries are those that users can edit and add to online themselves, such as dict.cc and Wiktionary .

See also

Web links

Commons : Electronic Dictionaries  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. October 1981: Release of first electronic dictionary (TR-2000) ( Memento of the original from June 16, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , Casio website, accessed November 17, 2014.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / world.casio.com