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Chinese Dictionary Applet

This dictionary tool allows you to search the Clavis Sinica dictionary using characters, pinyin, or English words. Up to ten results are provided for each search; additional results are available using the Clavis Sinica software, which you can download here.

To use the applet, simply enter your search term into the search box, select the type of search, and click the 'Search' button.

  • You can enter pinyin with or without tone numbers: 'jiao4shi4' or 'jiaoshi'
  • Compound words should be entered as a single word: 'pengyou' not 'peng you'
  • You can use an asterisk (*) as a wildcard for English searches: 'beaut*' will match 'beautiful' and 'beauty'.


If the applet does not appear in the space above, or if the applet appears but nothing happens when you enter a search term and click 'Search', your browser most likely not have the proper version of Java Plug-in installed.

You can download and install the Java Plug-In by clicking here. When the Java Setup Welcome window appears, click the box for "Show advanced options panel." Then in the Custom Set-up window, be sure to select the Additional Languages option to install Chinese language support.

If the applet still does not work for you, please send details to support@clavisinica.com and we'll do what we can to help.