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Type of site
English-German dictionary and other languages
Available inMultilingual, see Languages
OwnerPaul Hemetsberger IT-Services
Users254,694 November 2018)[1]
Current statusactive

dict.cc is a free, multilingual Online Dictionary. For offline use the dictionaries can be downloaded as text files and used in various programs on Windows, iOS, Android[2][3] and Palm OS. Dict.cc GmbH have their main office in the Austrian capital city of Vienna.


The website was put on the internet in the year 2002 by Austrian Paul Hemetsberger[4] (born 1977). His vision is to provide hundreds of languages within a few years.

At the beginning of February 2005 Paul Hemetsberger released the download offer of vocabulary lists under the conditions of the free GNU General Public License (GPL). Later in the year he released it further, but ever since under a propriety license, which the users don't own the same freedoms any more. Despite this he released all posts of the users, which were created under the former GPL-Licensed project into the lists.[5][6]

Vocabulary structure[edit]

Like the market leader of the online dictionaries, dict.cc offers the users the ability to suggest terms to become entries. These new entries are not moderated (unlike LEO), but rather reviewed by the users through a multi-stage validation system. Consequently, everyone can help to improve the vocabulary.


The biggest vocabulary sets currently consist of the German-English dictionary, from which the website exists. Since November 2009 additional language structures can be found, with translations into German and English respectively. Nowadays, there are 50 further dictionaries; in the order of verified vocabulary extent (descending): Swedish, Icelandic, Russian, Italian, French, Romanian, Portuguese, Hungarian, Latin, Dutch, Slovakian, Spanish, Croatian, Bulgarian, Finnish, Norwegian, Czech, Danish, Turkish, Polish, Serbian, Greek, Esperanto, Bosnian and Albanian.[7]

The interest of the user in the recording of additional language is prompted to be added onto a wish list, on which anyone interested may register with their E-mail address as a future translate or employee respectively.[8]


The German-English dictionary, with over 1,180,600 translations (November 2018), is more expansive than LEO and the value grows daily by about 300 entries. The other 50 dictionaries contain a total of more than 1.5 million (November 2018) verified translations. In addition, there is over 1 million inflections.[9]

Furthermore, there is a forum with over 33,380 contributing users and over 770,000 posts within the website. It runs 11 servers in parallel, in order to process the 150 million monthly pageviews quickly enough (15 March 2015).[10]

Speech output[edit]

For every entry in the German and English language dictionaries, an automatic speech output can be generated through Speech synthesis. Nevertheless, users have the possibility to add their own speech recording for every entry. The system thereby resembles that of the vocabulary building. There are over 1,133,643 verified spoken recordings from Native Speakers (November 2017).

Vocabulary trainer[edit]

In order to improve language knowledge, a vocabulary trainer is also provided, which is complimented with entries from the dictionary. Moreover, it is possible for every user to make their vocabulary lists publicly accessible, whereby a large choice of vocabulary questions is available.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Users
  2. ^ "dict.cc Wörterbuch für Android". Data-Bla.de. 7 February 2012. Archived from the original on 16 May 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Test: kostenlose Wörterbuch App von Dict.cc für Android". allessparen.de/magazin. 7 July 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
  4. ^ Thomas Gabriel (12 January 2010). "Interview mit Paul Hemetsberger von dict.cc". internetszene.at. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  5. ^ Archived [Date missing] at dict.cc [Error: unknown archive URL] der Wortlisten mit 211.048 Übersetzungen unter den Bedingungen der GPL am 7. Dezember 2004
  6. ^ Archived [Date missing] at dict.cc [Error: unknown archive URL] der Wortlisten mit 212.693 Übersetzungen unter den Bedingungen einer proprietären, unfreien Archived [Date missing] at dict.cc [Error: unknown archive URL]
  7. ^ "Gesamtwortschatz". dict.cc. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Language Wish List". dict.cc. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  9. ^ "alle Sprachen". dict.cc. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Zugriffsstatistik". dict.cc. Retrieved 15 March 2015.