The Global Online Living Dictionary. Every Word, Everywhere.

The Kamusi Project is a participatory international effort dedicated to improving knowledge of the world's languages. Our long term mission is to produce dictionaries and other language resources for every language, and to make those resources available for free to everyone. To our enormous frustration, our search features are currently offline while we resolve interrelated server and financial issues.

Our secure donations page - the best way to give to Kamusi, your generosity will help us get back to full power right away!

Kamusi is different: We are producing dictionaries for each language, with full monolingual definitions for every concept. Each concept is then matched to similar ideas in all other participating languages. Watch a video of the system in action - a dictionary really can do that! We are constantly adding new terms and new languages - contact us if you can contribute for your language.

Big Data: We have grown to well over a million interlinked terms in more and more languages! Much of this is "seed" data that does not yet meet our quality goals - watch this space for news about the games and tools we will soon introduce for you to help improve and increase knowledge about all the world's words.

Take the Kamusi Challenge: We contend that Kamusi is the world's most effective model for translating terms among a large number of languages, and we invite you to test that proposition on our demonstration data. See more...

Kamusi is a work in progress, so expect rough edges as we race to improve our features and our data. January 2016: We apologize for any server outages you might experience. Serving well over 10 million new links, our existing hardware has been overtaxed. We are working to resolve the problems. Meanwhile, unfortunately, SEARCH IS OFFLINE. This project has emerged from the Internet Living Swahili dictionary (we need your help adding English and Swahili definitions!), and has expanded to many additional African languages. Now we are incorporating languages from Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas - please join us, help us grow, and come back often!

Browse Languages

Albanian (6729)
Arabic (15225)
Basque (34905)
Catalan (50364)
Danish (4013)
Dutch (216)
English (226999)
Esperanto (104)
Finnish (131767)
French (70259)
Galician (18852)
German (107)
Gusii (80)
Hebrew (4756)
Hehe (136)
Indonesian (97584)
Italian (43884)
Kinyarwanda (113)
Kirundi (1029)
Luganda (125)
Malay (81263)
Mampruli (120)
Pulaar (77)
Romanian (84)
Songhay (112)
Spanish (41107)
Swahili (60932)
Thai (69702)
Tswana (101)
Yeyi (101)

Recent Videos

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Recent Words

mtz | Swahili | nomino (noun)
Mtu anayetoka Tanzania.
kasumba | Swahili | nomino (noun)
Itikadi iliyozidiwa, iliyoshindwa au iliyosahauliwa.
véhiculer | French | verbe (French)
Être le support de la diffusion de quelque chose.

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Kamusi Project

Kamusi is the Swahili word for "Dictionary", and dictionaries are what we do. Our goal is to provide every word in every language, for free to everyone, everywhere