Do you need an Italian Dictionary Online? I have discovered a very nice Italian dictionary and wanted to share it with all of you. This Dictionary is powered by Duolingo. And it’s completely free.

Have you heard of Duolingo?

Most of us have been learning Italian online using Duolingo. If you haven’t 

Duolingo with Headphones

given it a try yet, click here to see what I’m talking about (it’s free too).

But in this article we won’t talk about Duolingo’s Italian course. We’re here to talk about the Duolingo Dictionary.

It’s an English-Italian and Italian-English dictionary. That means you can write words in Italian and see their translation in English. But you can also write in English and see the translation in Italian.

On the other hand, we must also state that this dictionary was created for people that speak English and are learning Italian. So, those who have Italian as their mother tongue and are learning English, may have a bit of difficulty using this dictionary.

If you want to go over and check out this Duolingo Dictionary for yourself, click here or the banner below.

Duolingo Dictionary banner

Languages supported by the Duolingo Dictionary

Besides Italian, you can also use this Dictionary if you’re searching words in: Czech, Welsh, Danish, German, Greek, Esperanto, Spanish, French, Irish, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, High Valyrian (yes, the one you hear in Game of Thrones), Hawaiian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Dutch, Norwegian (Bokmâl), Navajo, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Swahili, Klingon (this one is spoken in the Star Trek universe, so you better learn this language before going out to space), Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese and Chinese.

Duolingo Dictionary Languages

I know you’ll want to go over and see how you write “dragon” in High Valyrian or “Earth” in Klingon. Come on, give it a try! 🙂

Here is what I really like about Duolingo Dictionary

However, you may say: “What makes this dictionary special? Up to this point, every time I don’t understand a word I go over to Google Translator”. So let’s take a closer look at Duolingo’s dictionary and what makes it so cool to use.

I’ll share with you a few searches I have done with this dictionary (sorry, only words in Italian and English; you’ll have to search yourself if you want words in High Valyrian or Klingon, LOL).

Let’s look up some words in this dictionary

Let’s start with a couple of Italian words. We’ll search the word “Re” that means king in Italian. Here are the results.

Duolingo Dictionary Re

Right after you search for the word you can listen to its pronunciation. Obviously you have the translation. But there is also a bunch of examples that come with every word you search and that’s what makes this dictionary cool.

These examples show how the word is used for masculine and feminine. They also present plural and singular, and so on. In some cases the list of examples is really lengthy.

At the bottom of the results for “Re”, Duolingo also gives a list of words that could be linked to the word we searched.

Now let’s search for a very common word in Italy: “Mangia”. Italy is also known as Eataly for it’s delicious food. There is a nice Italian Course that is free, about a mystery case involving an Italian recipe. Click here to take a look at it.  By the way, “Mangia” means eat in Italian.

Duolingo Dictionary Mangia

The results here are even more extensive than for “Re” (king in Italian). Lots of examples and conjugations. Conjugations in present, remote past and future include indicative, subjunctive and others. There are also a few related words to the term “mangia”.

Let’s end this post searching for the English word “Flag”. In Italian the word is “bandiera”. And again, the thing I like the most from this dictionary are the examples. In this case the example reads: “The Italian flag is green, white and red.”

Duolingo Dictionary Flag

Now it’s your turn to search for a word. Do you know what “vero” means in Italian? I hear you saying: “Ahh, that one’s easy! No need to check that one. Vero is short for Veronica”. If you did say that, you must go and see what “vero” really means.

I have this dictionary bookmarked. When I don’t understand a word I consult a few sources. But one of them is Duolingo’s dictionary.

I encourage you to give it a try and to bookmark it too.

Let me hear from you. What do you think about this dictionary?


Tucker · March 3, 2019 at 7:51 PM

This sounds like a really useful and inventive tool! Like you mention in your article, I found myself wondering, “what makes this better than Google translator?” (which I use a lot living here in Costa Rica and not being a native Spanish speaker). I really like the feature of being able to listen to a word’s translation after you look it up and understand its meaning. And I also like the extensive list of examples that this dictionary delivers for each word we look up.

Pretty clever of them to include a couple “non-earthly” languages in their collection as well! 

    Henry · March 3, 2019 at 4:19 PM

    Yes, there are a couple of things that make Duolingo Dictionary a nice complement of Google translator. Besides the actual translation and audio, the list of examples delivered for each word we search make it very useful. Thank you very much for stopping by and for your comment.

    You traveled to Costa Rica and Google translator and Duolingo Dictionary can translate for you. But if you decide to take a trip to the outer space, only Duolingo Dictionary can give you a hand. Enjoy your time in Costa Rica! 🙂

Daniella · March 3, 2019 at 8:24 PM

Hi there,

Awesome article, I loved the reading!

One of my dreams is to learn Italian. I just love this language. Most of my friends were Italian, and they taught me only one sentence, which is “fermati perché inizi a arrabbiarti” I would love to learn more phrases. Just a question, please. How long do you think it will take to learn Italian? How many minutes per day would you suggest? Do you think audio is better than reading?

Sorry for all these questions, but I couldn’t help it 🙂

Thank you for this excellent post!

    Henry · March 3, 2019 at 8:56 PM

    Hi Daniella!

    It’s wonderful to hear your experience with Italian has been very pleasant. And I encourage you to learn Italian. I personally believe you should just start… and if you are using the right resources, courses and platforms that click with you, the rest will be as pleasant as your experience with the language so far.

    Concerning your questions:

    How long it takes to learn Italian? I must state that you already speak English, and there is common ground (not as much as with Spanish or French, but you’re in advantage compared to Chinese, Japanese and many others). Setting a time frame is difficult but once you click with the language, you’ve made it! I’d give it a try for six months.

    Do you think audio is better than reading? This is a very good question and I believe the answer depends on what you want to archive or what you enjoy most. I personally love to listen. And listening to people talking in Italian all day would be an excellent start even if the first days you don’t understand a word. You’ll find this post interesting, click here.

    How many minutes per day would you suggest? You’ll probably be surprised with me, but give it a try with 5 minutes per day! I can recommend you a platform that’s really fun, it’s free and super useful. Click here to start with your first 5 minutes today! 🙂

arnaiemhasan · March 4, 2019 at 5:46 AM

Hey Henry,

This is one of the best informative articles I have ever read. You should always have a dictionary at hand. It is the most useful tool. And I perceive this Duolingo Dictionary is clear, easy to understand and complete. I had been looking for a dictionary like this one.

The examples are very useful. I have performed a couple of searches myself and am really impressed with the results. 

PD: I even searched for words in Klingon. You know, one never knows. LOL.

    Henry · March 4, 2019 at 6:28 AM

    Hi! Thank you very much for your nice words concerning this post. I’m glad you found value in it. 

    Yes, Duolingo Dictionary is a good dictionary. And I am thrilled to hear you have started using it already. 

    Cool you began searching for Italian words and ended up looking for words in Klingon. LOL

Louis · March 7, 2019 at 3:04 AM

Learning a new language is always interesting. However, it can be difficult especially if you do not live among the native speakers of this language.

I know of the Duolingo app and I’m currently using it to learn the basics of French language. When I’m a little better with my French, I would surely practise Italian. I like the Duolingo app because it’s easy to use, and I can use it anywhere because it’s on my phone.

But I didn’t know Doulingo had this cool dictionary. I’ll start using it also.

Thanks for sharing. Warm regards.

    Henry · March 7, 2019 at 12:27 PM

    Hi, Louis. Nowadays there are so many resources online that not being among the native speakers of a languag (although it’s partly a disadvantage) may not constitute an impediment to become fluent.

    You could stay around my site and read a couple of suggestions and recomendations that you’ll surely find useful.

Adamu2 · March 7, 2019 at 3:10 AM

Hi Henry! I frequently have to be checking up the meaning of words as I progress through my Italian lessons. But up to this point I really didn’t have a specific dictionary online to consult. I appreciate your recomendation, and will use it from here on. Thank you very much!

    Henry · March 7, 2019 at 12:37 PM

    Hi Adamu! I’m glad you’ll now use the Duolingo Dictionary. It’s very useful.

    I also wish you continue progressing learning Italian. And continue visiting my site for more useful platforms and ideas. Keep well!

Peter Echeng · March 7, 2019 at 3:12 AM

This is a very complete dictionary. And the list of languages available is admirable. But the audio pronunciation aid is the feature I like the most. I started using it on my phone and I really like it because it loads really fast. Very practical.

Every time I come across a new word, I try to get its meaning from its contexts. But if I can’t, I go to a dictionary.
So it’s always nice to have a good dictionary handy.

    Henry · March 11, 2019 at 7:34 AM

    Hi Peter! I’m glad you have found Duolingo Dictionary useful. The pronunciation feature is cool. And having it on our phone while we’re on the go is practical indeed.

    In our journey learning a language, we daily come across new words. And as you have said, if we can’f figure them out by context, it’s good to have a dictionary handy to look them up. 

Olalekan · March 7, 2019 at 3:13 AM

Hi! Thanks for sharing this article. I frequently am downloading apps and I spend a lot of time on my phone. Is Duolingo Dictionary available on Google play store? I have dowloaded Duolingo to my phone and love it. I have been learning Italian through my Duolingo tree and am excited with my progress. But I don’t know if this dictionary that is powered by Duolingo is also available. Thank you in advance.

    Henry · March 11, 2019 at 8:31 AM

    Hi Olalekan! I appreciate you have stopped by and left a comment. It’s good to know you have been using Duolingo and are happy learning Italian.

    At the moment, Duolingo Dictionary can’t be downloaded on Google Play Store. But I’ll personally be in expectation until they release it for Google Play Store and will come here to notify you all.

Vapz · March 7, 2019 at 3:14 AM

Yay!!!!  Duolingo is a darling company. My Italian has become really rusty and sometimes I have to run to google when I chat with my friends in Italy to remember how a word is translated in Italiano. Now with the Duolingo Dictionary, I can even get the kids to do their own searches when they don’t understand the Italian word that I have spoken to them. Bookmarking isn’t enough for me, I wish they could make it into an app, so it is easy to just call up and do a search. Sei Molto Piacere per la questo informazione! Grazie mille!

    Henry · March 11, 2019 at 8:46 AM

    Prego. As I have also mentioned to Olalekan, I’ll be in expectation until they release an app for Duolingo Dictionary. It would be very handy. But for now, we can still benefit from it searching directly on the Duolingo site.

    I’m happy to hear you’re refreshing what you have learnt of Italian and that your children are also learning. Keep well!

Gomer · March 18, 2019 at 10:24 PM

I think this Italian Dictionary will be a huge aid as I will be traveling across Europe and Italy is one of my stop overs. I have promised to myself that before I get married, I will visit key places in Europe that are helpful in my Christian faith, and that includes Rome in Italy. And as a visitor to that place, I’d like to immerse myself among its people. And this dictionary wil be my travel companion. It looks comprehensive and easy to use, it will be handy. Thanks for sharing.

    Henry · March 19, 2019 at 12:59 AM

    Hi Gomer! I wish you a good journey around Europe and Italy. And having this dictionary at hand will help you a lot. 

    Rome has a lot of interesting places to visit. You’ll have to program quite a few days there. Keep well! 

Gwendolyn J · June 4, 2019 at 11:30 PM

Do you know if by any chance Duolingo plans to include any of J. R. R. Tolkien’s constructed Elvish languages? It would be cool!

    Henry · February 25, 2020 at 10:57 PM

    Hi! It would indeed be cool, but I don’t know if they plan to do so. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Gwendolyn J · June 4, 2019 at 11:42 PM

I just commented but what I intended to say is that this Dictionary would be perfect if it had Tolkien’s Elvish languages as well.

Even without that, I am intrigued and I already have the site up so I can go check it out.

Does this course ever cost anything to use? If not, I will be beefing up my Spanish and learning Italian, French, German and Klingon!
Confession: I have not watched GoT (yet) but it is on my Summer Binge list.

Wonderful tool, Thank you so much for sharing!

Gwendolyn J

    Henry · September 30, 2019 at 9:22 PM

    Hi! I hope you liked Duolingo. Yeah, the Duolingo courses are free (and the dictionary obviously too). And not just a few modules of the course, as some courses do to get you hooked and then they change you for the rest. You can do all the courses for all the languages in Duolingo, completely free.  

    Keep well!

Stanley Loper · June 4, 2019 at 11:45 PM

Very good post!  You certainly convinced me to go back and keep Duoingo’s dictionary bookmarked.  Italian is one of the languages on my list to learn.  But the dictionary can serve as a handy reference for me right now.  One of your commenters got onto the topic of comparison with Google Translate.  I like to use that as a quick, down, and dirty translation for extensive materials in some of the languages I speak other than my native English and then use dictionaries to help me cover what it can’t handle or what in my view it gets wrong. I wouldn’t change a thing here.  Ciao!

    Henry · September 30, 2019 at 9:26 PM

    Hi Stanley! Yeah, it’s always good to have a good dictionary handy. I usually use Google Dictionary for sentences and paragraphs and Duolingo Dictionary for individual words.

207Connie · June 5, 2019 at 12:19 AM

The article is full of information. I did not know there was such a thing. So I’ll keep it handy.

I like how the dictionary gives synonymous to the words, as well as pronouncing the word in the language. We can use our phone as our pocket dictionary. LOL

Thank you, I enjoyed the article.

    Henry · September 30, 2019 at 9:37 PM

    Hi Connie! Yes, having a pocket dictionary in our phone can make a big difference. 🙂

Feji ben · January 11, 2020 at 7:16 PM

Hi! This seems to be a cool dictionary. Besides having Italian and all the other secular languages, it has these “not so common” options, such as Klingon. I’ll test this dictionary while watching the movie. It’ll be fun to learn what these guys were saying in each scene. This is something we won’t be able to do with Google Translator.

    Henry · January 16, 2020 at 4:24 PM

    Hi! Yeah, learning a bit of Klingon would be cool!

Moi MOI · January 11, 2020 at 7:19 PM

Bonasera Henry, I am so glad I discovered your site. I Speak French and German so I have been trying to increase my skills in Italian. I find the language very romantic even more so than French.

Duolingo and all its tools seem like the perfect way for me to accomplish my goal this new year. Thank you very much for your due diligence in researching and sharing this information.

I will forward the link to some of my friends who will find it very helpful as well.

    Henry · January 16, 2020 at 7:37 PM

    Hi! Yes, Duolingo and its tools can help us a lot learning languages. Thank you for sharing this post with your friends. All the best learning Italian this year.

Isaac · January 11, 2020 at 7:25 PM

Hi Henry,

The Duolingo dictionary is great! I’ve always used Google Translate for my needs, but that just gives you the direct translation with no examples or depth to it. Duolingo, although it only works for single words, makes it very easy to understand just what you’ll be saying in another language.

I’ve used Duolingo for a while to learn Spanish and never tried the dictionary. I also never knew that Klingon or High Valyrian were options! It is a bummer that they don’t have Elvish, but I guess it’s still impressive that they integrated even one “fictional” language into their dictionary.

I’ll definitely keep tabs on the Duolingo dictionary in case I need to speak another language.


    Henry · January 16, 2020 at 7:55 PM

    Hi Isaac. While learning a language it{s good to have a dictionary as the Duolingo Dictionary handy.

    Google translator helps so much. Yet, for examples and specific ways of using a word, this Dictionary can complement Google’s.

Benny · January 11, 2020 at 7:55 PM

Hi! I have gone to Duolingo Dictionary and have bookmarked it. I like the examples it gives us for how to use the word in different cases. Google translator helps us with the meaning of the word. Duolingo Dictionary helps us with it’s grammatical rules and ways of using it.

    Henry · January 16, 2020 at 8:06 PM

    Hi Benny. I’m glad you’ll be using this dictionary. Yes, it has it’s own benefits.

Parveen · January 12, 2020 at 1:46 AM

Hi! I discovered Duolingo! It’s such a cool platform. And I’m now discovering these cool tools that are also in the Duolingo platform. They have been doing things right and I must commend them for it.

I also want to say thank you to you for sharing these useful tools with all of us.

I’ll have a bit of fun checking Klingon. Cool!

    Henry · January 16, 2020 at 8:19 PM

    Hi Parveen. You’re most welcome! Yes, Duolingo’s tools are also very useful.

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