The Obsidian Dictionary Plugin

Hello there!

I am phibr0, creator of the Obsidian Dictionary Plugin.

This Plugin has 3 main Features:

  • Full Dictionary Lookup
    • including Pronunciation, Definitions, Examples and Synonyms for multiple Forms
  • In Editor Synonym Look Up by simply highlighting a word (Thanks to mgmeyers)
  • Setting up a local Dictionary to link with other Notes

Supported Languages:

Language Synonym Popover Sidebar Lookup UI Translated?
English (US) ๐Ÿ—ธ ๐Ÿ—ธ ๐Ÿ—ธ
English (UK) ๐Ÿ—ธ
Hindi ๐Ÿ—ธ
Spanish ๐Ÿ—ธ ๐Ÿ—ธ
French ๐Ÿ—ธ ๐Ÿ—ธ
Japanese ๐Ÿ—ธ
Russian ๐Ÿ—ธ
German ๐Ÿ—ธ ๐Ÿ—ธ ๐Ÿ—ธ
Italian ๐Ÿ—ธ ๐Ÿ—ธ
Korean ๐Ÿ—ธ
Brazilian Portuguese ๐Ÿ—ธ
Arabic ๐Ÿ—ธ
Turkish ๐Ÿ—ธ
Chinese ๐Ÿ—ธ

For Developers:

  • The Plugin can be easily extended with new APIโ€™s for Definitions and Synonyms (more Info: look at the Readme on Github)
  • Translations can be easily added

This plugin is really well done and deserves much more attention! I only stumbled upon it because @EleanorKonik mentioned it in one of her roundups.

What I especially like is

  • easy way to switch languages (I work mostly in English and German)
  • great support for different dictionary providers
  • synonyms upon highlighting
  • lookup in the context menu for highlighted text
  • no problems when working offline (it will simply not work, but break nothing)

The plugin is amazing. Thanks for having created it.
When I try to add a new note of a phrasal verb (for example " get on"), it wouldnโ€™t work whereas it works perfectly for one-words words. Is there a workaround for that?


Good catch! Can repro here (Linux, Obs 0.12.12, Dictionary 2.13.2).

This is great. I noticed there is an Origin section in the Look Up pane but that doesnโ€™t seem to be a variable that you can include in new notes created by the plugin. Is that true or am I overlooking something? Thanks.

This is very cool - thanks for creating it! Would it be possible to add the ability to use a local copy of the 1913 Websterโ€™s Dictionary (available here )? I was inspired by this article (Youโ€™re probably using the wrong dictionary) to check that dictionary for nuanced use of language. I would LOVE to be able to do the sidebar lookup against that dictionary through your plugin.

Again - thanks for creating this - itโ€™s very cool

Is this plugin able to lookup definitions from Local Dictionary Builder?
Iโ€™ve added a couple of notes with discipline-specific definitions into the Local Dictionary Folder, yet the plugin produces nothing on them through lookup