Need An Arabic Dictionary? Here Is A List


Need An Arabic Dictionary? Here Is A List


The 2002 statistics on enrollment in foreign languages in U.S. institutions of higher education show that enrollments in Arabic were relatively stable during the 1980s. However, since 1995 they have shown rapid growth, particularly between 1998 and 2002, almost doubling. Arabic is among the fifteen most commonly taught languages in the U.S. hence, the pressing need for dictionaries designed for English-speaking users as the target group. Translating is generally viewed as a process of establishing equivalence between the source language and the target language at all linguistic levels: lexical, grammatical and textual. In order to help any Arabic language learner, we compiled a list of popular English to Arabic/Arabic to English dictionaries.


If you are searching for an Arabic dictionary online, this would be one of them. It features commonly used words and expressions, along with thousands of English entries and their Arabic translation added in the dictionary by their users.

Lisaan Masry

Another online dictionary, Lisaan Masry is an Egyptian-Arabic dictionary. Egyptian is an Arabic dialect, but don’t worry because Egyptian is the most known dialect of them all due to the amount of media productions aired worldwide.

Bilingual Visual Dictionary

This online dictionary uses pictures for a range of useful current Arab vocabulary. Some language learners have a developed photographic memory, so including pictures aids understanding and retention of information.

Arabic English Thematic Lexicon

What is different about this dictionary is that it also includes phrases and commonly used collocations.

Glossary Of Islamic Terms

This dictionary is particularly useful for those engaged in Islamic studies as it provides both religious teachings and translations.

Dictionary Of Modern Written Arabic

This dictionary provides vocabulary and phraseology of Modern Standard Arabic, as this form of language is found in books, newspapers, radio and television.

Oxford English–Arabic Dictionary

The Oxford Arabic Dictionary is the most authoritative English-Arabic/Arabic-English dictionary ever published and is often used as a comparison term when publishers come up with new Arabic dictionaries.

In conclusion, it can be said that the benefıts of dictionaries to language learners should not be ignored in language classes. Unfortunately, in most classrooms, very little time is provided for dictionary use. However, it is an undeniable fact that a learner who makes good use of a dictionary will be able to continue learning outside the classroom and this will give him considerable autonomy about the decisions he makes about his own learning. In a teaching/learning situation, therefore, dictionary training should be an integral part of any syllabus.

Gary Greer

Gary Greer was born and raised in the United States.  After an eight year stint in the U.S. Army in 1992, he attended Delaware State University to pursue his B.A. in English Communications to become a writer. Since then he has traveled the globe, living in the Europe and the Middle East, working for such prestigious organizations as the U.S. Army, NAPA Auto Parts, and AMIDEAST, and other well-known organizations, as well.  Gary came to Jordan in 2005, bringing with him a wealth of experience in the fields of Business and Education, and has since implemented and taught specialized English and Business training courses in the Business, Hospitality, Medical and Legal sectors throughout Jordan for TE Data, The Nuqul Group, The Ministry of Justice, The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, UNRWA, and the Mövenpick and Kempinski Hotels, among others. Along with teaching, he has also pursued his dream of becoming a writer and has written and done the voice-over narration of two travel documentaries about Jordan for Seven Stars television worked as an editor for Family Flavours magazine and acted in television advertisements for USAID. He now works as a content writer for

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