The Pyam dictionary entries consist of a headword followed by the pronunciation in brackets. Then the tone pattern follows in brackets. The abbreviation for the grammatical category is given in italics. On the next line is the definition in English and in Hausa. These may be followed by an example sentence with a translation.
In the following example, the plural (Pl.) is given after the tone pattern. These examples also use subscripts to display homophones.
The example below has an example sentence.
The following example has two related definitions that are numbered. This is due to the fact that the word can be used as a verb as well as a noun.