Oxford Languages and Google
Google’s Hindi monolingual and bilingualized dictionaries are provided by Oxford Languages.
Oxford Languages is the world’s leading dictionary publisher, with over 150 years of experience creating and delivering authoritative dictionaries globally in more than 50 languages.
What is included in these Hindi dictionaries?
Our Hindi monolingual dictionary offers a comprehensive, clear, and accessible record of the Hindi language, with more than 50,000 words and 100,000 definitions covering all major vocabulary used across the Hindi-speaking world.
Our English-Hindi bilingualized dictionary contains more than 50,000 words and phrases, with headwords listed in English and definitions provided in both English and Hindi. As a bilingualized dictionary, it is most useful for Hindi speakers learning English, teachers, and translators.
How are our dictionaries created?
At Oxford Languages, we are committed to an evidence-based approach to creating dictionaries in order to provide the most accurate picture of a language.
Our dictionaries are based on analysis of genuine uses of words collected from real-life sources to determine a word’s definition, spelling, and grammatical behaviour, and to offer guidance on a word’s use based on this research. The team uses this process to identify new words and senses as they come into use.
This evidence-based approach to creating a dictionary is known as descriptive lexicography. Our dictionaries aim to describe the way languages are and have been used by people around the world, rather than attempting to prescribe the way a language should be used.
We apply stringent quality checks to all dictionaries produced or acquired by our expert team so our users can feel confident in our ability to accurately and meaningfully represent each language.
Why do we include vulgar and offensive words in our dictionaries?
The role of a descriptive dictionary is to record the existence and meaning of all words in a language, and to clearly identify their status. We include vulgar or offensive words in our dictionaries because such terms are a part of a language’s lexicon. However, we aim to label in our dictionary entries words that fit into these categories to reflect their vulgar or offensive status and usage in the language.
We monitor how offensive language changes over time and integrate the changes we observe into our dictionaries to reflect real-life usage. Any changes that are made to our dictionaries are based on empirical evidence collected and analysed through our language research programme.
We are always grateful when users inform us of cases they believe do not meet our rigorous quality standards, whether due to changing cultural sensitivities or for other reasons.
Why do we include slang and regional dialects in our dictionaries?
In our mission to accurately and comprehensively document all words in a language’s lexicon, we record and describe real-life language usage in all of its forms – including slang and regional dialects.
All slang terms and vocabulary from different regions and dialects are clearly labelled in our dictionary entries so that users can be confident in a word’s language status and typical usage.
Why do we include example sentences in our dictionaries?
Example sentences are designed to help people to understand words in the context in which they are commonly used. These sentences do not replace our definitions but give additional information.
Our example sentences are selected to support a word in the correct grammatical and semantic context without distracting from the essential information the definition conveys.
We do our best to eliminate example sentences that contain factually incorrect, prejudiced, or offensive statements and always welcome feedback on specific cases you feel do not meet our rigorous quality standards.
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