Unlike other online Chinese-English dictionaries, our system has built-in intelligence to help you find the Chinese characters, words, and collocations you need. With our unique, powerful search algorithm, you can search in the Chinese-English dictionary using:
To look up a character by Pinyin, you can use "Pinyin with tone notations", e.g. wo3
or "Pinyin with tone marks", e.g. wǒ
. If you are not sure about the tone, you can use "fuzzy
Pinyin" (Pinyin without tones), e.g. wo
. When you use Pinyin with tone notations, use v for ü, e.g. lv3
the number 5 for the neutral tone, e.g. ma5
Similarly, when you look up a Chinese word or phrase with Pinyin, you can use "Pinyin with tone notations"(e.g. bei3jing1
or bei3 jing1
"Pinyin with tone marks"(e.g. běijīng
or běi jīng
), or "fuzzy Pinyin"(e.g. beijing
). Note when you
use fuzzy Pinyin to look up words or phrases, make sure the Pinyin is one word (no spaces between the Pinyin of each character).
b. Character Radicals
To look up a character by its radical, you can bring up the Chinese Radical Table
and click the radical.
For example, radical 土
To make it easy for you to locate a radical, the radicals on the radical table can be sorted by radical number, radical stroke count, Pinyin, or definition of the radical.
After you click on a radical, all the Chinese characters with that radical will show up on a separate page. They can be grouped by stroke count, Pinyin, or usage frequency. You
can move your mouse over the character to show the Pinyin and the definition of the character. Alternatively, check the "show Pinyin and English" option to
display the Pinyin and English next to the character. Click the character to view the character details and click the Pinyin to hear the pronunciation
If you know another character with the same radical as the character you intend to find, you can show the character on the Chinese-English Dictionary page and click the "characters with same radical" button to look up other characters with the radical.
c. Character Components
Like Chinese character radicals, character components are the building blocks of Chinese characters. There are about 1,000 unique character components in the standard Chinese character set of mainland China. Most of the components are also standalone Chinese characters, but some of them cannot be displayed on your computer or tablet because they are not included in the Unicode character set.
To look up a character or word using English, simply enter an English word or phrase. For example, “school” or “pay attention to”, to the search box and click the Search button.
e. Chinese Characters
To view the details of a single Chinese character, you can simply enter (or copy and paste) it into the search box and click the Search button. For example, 你
. In addition to the character details, the example words and sentences will be shown below the animated character.
f. Chinese Words or Phrases
If you are looking for the English definition or example sentences of a particular phrase or character compound, you can simply enter (or copy and paste) it into the search box and then click the "Search" button. For example, 动物园
g. English and Chinese
You can mix English and Chinese characters or words in your search query. The English and Chinese can be separated by a comma, space, or asterisk. For example,
or 电 computer
h. English and Pinyin
You can mix English and Pinyin in your search query. English and Pinyin can be separated by a comma or asterisk. For example, apple,ji1
. Both tone numbers and tone marks are supported in your searches. For example, apple,sī
i. Chinese and Pinyin
Chinese and Pinyin can be separated by a comma or asterisk. For Pinyin, you can use either tone notations or tone marks. For example
j. English, Chinese and Pinyin
You can use a combination of English, Chinese, and Pinyin in your search query as long as they are separated by a comma or asterisk. For example,