ESPDIC (Esperanto-English Dictionary)

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Overview / License

The purpose of the ESPDIC project is to create an electronic Esperanto-English dictionary in the form of a single Unicode (UTF8) text file with the following format :
"Esperanto : English" 
(i.e. Esperanto entry, space, colon, space, English definition - one entry per line). In some cases, a semicolon is used to show different definitions for Esperanto homonyms, e.g. "kajo : conjunction; quay, wharf". This simple formatting is designed to facilitate the integration of ESPDIC into other applications (which is highly encouraged).

In order to encourage its use in the Esperanto community, ESPDIC (Esperanto English Dictionary) by Paul Denisowski is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. What this means is that anyone can use, transmit, or modify ESPDIC for any purpose, including commercial purposes, as long as the source is properly attributed.

History / Background

Based on the experiences I had with the CEDICT (Chinese-English Dictionary) project I started in the late 1990s, I decided to do something similar for Esperanto. The core of this dictionary was made up of vocabulary lists I created from various Esperanto textbooks as well as word lists I found on the Internet. The dictionary was then augmented by vocabulary lists I made from reading both print and online sources. In the early part of 2011 I believed that the dictionary had reached a sufficient size (about 30,000 entries) and I went through the dictionary from start to finish trying to catch the most obvious errors, formatting issues, etc. Any remaining errors or issues (and I'm sure there will always be some) are of course my own responsibility.

Current direction / volunteers

Many thanks to our contributors to date : Brian Scott Carpenter, Michael Everson, Lee Miller, Erik Vandenburg

Please let me know if your name is missing

Projects using ESPDIC

ESPDIC was designed to make it easy for anyone to incorporate the dictionary into their own projects. Here is a list of some projects using ESPDIC Please email me if you would like your project added to this list.

Questions / Feedback

If you have any questions, comments etc. about the project or the dictionary, please send them to me at and I will answer them as quickly as I am able.

“Vortaro, tio estas la tuta universo laŭ alfabeta ordo” – Anatole France

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