Features and Distinctives

The Webonary project intends to give language groups the ability to publish bilingual or multilingual dictionaries on the web with a minimum of technical help.


The most distinctive characteristic of Webonary is its search bar. Looking for a word? Type it in the search, like an ordinary search engine.

The search returns results based on relevance. That is, if the word you are looking for is found in a headword, that will be more important than finding the word in a definition for another word.

For example, a search on "spring" in English would return the headword "spring" toward the top of the search results. The definition for "lettuce" would also come up in the search results list, because it has the definition "A vegetable grown in spring," but this dictionary entry would sink toward the bottom of the search results list.

"Reversal indexes," also called "gloss to vernacular," can also be imported from FLEx into Webonary. Furthermore, the search can also be filtered for a specific language, if desired, or even by part of speech or semantic domain.


Import your data easily from FLEx. When you have updates to your entries, import those, too. You can keep your dictionary as current as you want.

Webonary uses WordPress code for a foundation. WordPress is one of the best known and best supported software in the world, used by more than 56% of the sites that use a content management system (CMS). It allows for endless variation and extension using themes, plugins, and widgets.

Informational pages can easily be made. Comments providing user feedback on dictionary entries or pages can be turned on or off.

The software can run on Linux, Windows, or Mac.

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See Published Dictionaries for examples.