Language Resources

Recommended Online Chinese Dictionaries

Oxford Language Dictionaries Online 

Oxford provides English-Chinese and Chinese-English language dictionaries with numerous example sentences showing words in context. These dictionaries also include information about and translations of idiomatic phrases. Access is provided through Reed Library.


This dictionary allows lookup in Chinese characters, pinyin, or English. Although the definitions are more limited in MDBG than in the Oxford dictionary, MDBG provides pronunciation and much more information about the character and compounds. It also features integration with external apps like Skritter (requires an account) and Jukuu for contextual examples. 

LINE Dictionary

LINE Dictionary allows lookup in either Chinese character or pinyin and also has an English to Chinese dictionary. Definitions are simple, but include pronunciation and information about character strokes. Pronunciation is also available for context sentences. There are free iOS and Android apps as well.