The CEDICT project was started by Paul Denisowski in 1997 and is maintained by MDBG, under the name CC-CEDICT, with the aim to provide a complete Chinese to English dictionary with pronunciation in pinyin for the Chinese characters.
CEDICT is a text file; other programs (or simply Notepad or egrep or equivalent) are needed to search and display it. This project is considered a standard Chinese-English reference on the Internet and is used by several other Chinese-English projects. The Unihan Database uses CEDICT data for most of its information about character compounds, but this is auxiliary and is explicitly not a part of the main Unicode database .
- Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese
- Pinyin (several pronunciations)
- American English (several)
- As of 19 March 2014[update], it had 109,342 entries  in UTF-8.
The basic format of a CEDICT entry is:
Traditional Simplified [pin1 yin1] /American English equivalent 1/equivalent 2/ 漢字 汉字 [han4 zi4] /Chinese character/CL:個|个
Example of a simple egrep search:
$ egrep -i 有勇無謀 cedict.txt 有勇無謀 有勇无谋 [you3 yong3 wu2 mou2] /bold but not very astute/
|1991||EDICT Japanese dictionary project was started by Jim Breen.|
|1997||CEDICT project started by Paul Denisowski, on the model of EDICT.|
|1999||CEDICT ownership transferred to Erik Peterson of http://www.mandarintools.com/cedict.html.|
|2007||MDBG started a new project called CC-CEDICT which continues the CEDICT project with a new license: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License, allowing more projects to use it. Additionally a work flow  has been set up to streamline the process of submitting, reviewing and processing new entries.|
CEDICT has shown the way to some other projects:
- HanDeDict (127,000 Chinese entries)
- Chinese-German free dictionary
- CFDICT (200,000 entries) for French
- A Hungarian–Chinese dictionary project is under discussion.
- Some older CEDICT data is also found in the Adsotrans dictionary.
- February 2012: ChE-DICC, the Spanish-Chinese free dictionary starts (currently beta)
- Cantonese CEDICT features Cantonese language readings in Yale transcription and has Cantonese-specific words.
- http://cc-cedict.org/ Project home page
- Flashonary is a Chinese-English Dictionary with integrated flashcards that uses CC-CEDICT.
- MDBG free online Chinese–English dictionary uses CC-CEDICT, supports adding / editing entries and offers recent CC-CEDICT downloads.
- more information on the formatting of CC-CEDICT
- Example of CEDICT data for the han character " 中 ", use by Unihan (Section "Chinese Compounds")
- Chinese Dictionaries Discussion group about Chinese->"foreign language" dictionaries
- The homepage of Paul Denisowski, the founder of CEDICT
- Talaqa Chinese–English dictionary : An interactive Chinese–English dictionary based on CEDICT.
- www.clearchinese.com uses CEDICT
- Mandarin Text Project uses CEDICT
- Zydeo Open-source offline Chinese-English dictionary for Windows, uses CEDICT
- Zhonga Chinese-English dictionary with handwriting recognition and pronunciation, uses CEDICT.