dictionaries under linux

NoOp glgxg at sbcglobal.net
Mon Dec 1 16:34:59 UTC 2014

On 11/30/2014 06:23 PM, Thomas Blasejewicz wrote:
> Good morning
> I am aware, that the following is a question / statement NOT to be
> mentioned in this community,
> but I take the risk.
> I am working as a translator using English, German and Japanese.
> Most work is related to technical materials.
> That requires, that I have a lot of dictionaries available.
> In the good old days I made it a hobby to "collect" (printed)
> dictionaries, but today most of those are in the computer.
> I am using the OS that must not be named (like the bad wizard in Harry
> Potter).
> A whole series of commercial dictionaries and a lot of free dictionaries
> give me a small library on my HDD.
> OFTEN the credibility of those dictionaries is a lot higher than the
> stuff the internet gives you.
> By now I am TRYING really hard to get friendly with Linux and am more or
> less desperatey trying to switch to Linux as the OS for my work environment.
> HOWEVER .. while I am after years of unbelievable trouble and spent
> time/effort I have succeeded installing the OS and there is/are
> wordprocessor(s),
> what I lack are those dictionaries!
> I tried to find dictionaries as such, dictionary readers, glossaries
> etc. and am under the impression I tried just about ALL there are.
> BUT .. either I could not make those things work at all, or I get a
> performance (search results) that are at best
> a poor excuse for a dictionary.
> Like (don't remember the exact software): I look up the French "maison"
> and get ONE WORD = house.
> The rest of the screen is a vast, white desert.
> Try to look up some common word like maison in ANY printed dictionary
> (no chance for Windows being at fault here):
> you get at least 2-2 pages of related results. And THAT is precisely
> what I need.

$sudo apt-get install goldendict

> From English Wikipedia
> 	Look up maison in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.
> Maison (French for "house") may refer to:
> People[edit]
> Edna Maison, American silent film actress
> Leonard Maison, New York state senator 1834–1827
> Nicolas Joseph Maison, Marshal of France
> René Maison, Belgian operatic tenor
> Places[edit]
> France
> Maison-des-Champs, in the Aube département.
> Maison-Feyne, in the Creuse département.
> Maison-Maugis, in the Orne département.
> Maison-Ponthieu, in the Somme département.
> Maison-Roland, in the Somme département.
> Maison-Rouge, in the Seine-et-Marne département.
> See also[edit]
> Maisons (disambiguation)
> Mason (disambiguation)
> Maison Dieu
> 	This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the title Maison.
> If an internal link led you here, you may wish to change the link to point directly to the intended article.
> From English Wiktionary
> See also: maîson
> Contents
> 1 French
> 1.1 Etymology
> 1.2 Pronunciation
> 1.3 Noun
> 1.3.1 Derived terms
> 1.4 Anagrams
> 1.5 External links
> 2 Middle French
> 2.1 Noun
> French[edit]
> Etymology[edit]
> From Middle French, from Old French maisun, meson, from Latin mansiō, mansiōnem ("abode, home, dwelling"), from maneō (“remain, stay”).
> Pronunciation[edit]
> IPA(key): /mɛ.zɔ̃/
> Audio (France, West)	
> (file)
> Rhymes: -ɔ̃
> Homophone: maisons
> Hyphenation: mai‧son
> Noun[edit]
> maison f (plural maisons)
> house
> Derived terms[edit]
> maison close
> maison de passe
> maisonette
> maison de presse
> Anagrams[edit]
> aimons
> External links[edit]
> "maison" in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
> Middle French[edit]
> Noun[edit]
> maison f (plural maisons)
> house

I do not have french dictionaries installed, but I can easily click on
""maison" in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized
Treasury of the French Language)." and get
If you prefer to install dictionaries directly in GoldenDict:

I suggest that you enter in a terminal:

$ apt-cache search dictionary

and you will find all types of dictionaries available.

Or if you prefer: open the Ubuntu Software Center and search for


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