Can someone refer me to some offline dictionaries to use with GoldenDict and how to install/integrate them with it? Preferably English to English dictionaries with large wordbase and phonetic notations for pronunciations, their usage in sentences etc.

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Not sure how i found this page, but it has got plenty of popular dictionaries in .bgl format (that can be read by GoldenDict).

from which you can download dictionaries in StarDict format.


There is a whole page dedicated to dictionaries on the official website, Getting dictionaries for GoldenDict. I'm not sure if you can get other suggestions here because, as clearly explained on that page, there is a risk of copyright infringements for the non-free dictionaries.

The best offline free English to English dictionary I know is WordNet. There is a version of it, specially formatted for GoldenDict, on the download page: search for WordNet, download the .zip file, unzip it somewhere and add that folder as a source for dictionary files.

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    Most of the offline dicitionaries offered there are either online or dead links. Jun 2, 2015 at 17:14
  • WordNet is an offline dictionary and the download is still available. I added a link to the download page and some very basic instructions on how to install it.
    – mguassa
    Jun 14, 2015 at 16:17


Babylon offers a large selection of free .bgl dictionaries that work flawlessly with GoldenDict.


English Wiktionary is probably the best choice. You can download it in StarDict/Dictd format in http://www.dictinfo.com/

You may also consider Aard Dictionary as an alternative to GoldenDict for content coming from Wikimedia sites.


I found some must-have GoldenDict files here, here, here (The tarball labelled "Wikipedia English - Free Encyclopedia"), and here. :)

Download and extract the tarball(s) of your choice. Then GoldenDict > Edit > Dictionaries > Sources > Files > Add > Choose the extracted folder.

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