French Dictionaries

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In the beginning of learning any language, a dictionary is going to be your best friend. You may be tempted to use something like Google translate. While this is great when you are on the go, there are much better dictionaries out there to help you when learning French.

Here are a few of them that you can use online when you are learning French vocabulary with Lingvist.

Centre National de Ressources Textuelles et Lexicales

Provides curated definitions, etymology, and usage examples from several different respected sources, and is inclusive of all recognized French dialects, since one of their sources is Laval’s Panfrancophone research center.


The traditional standby, the Britannica and OED of French. They can be sometimes snobby and sometimes downright inaccurate when it comes to colonial French. There is also a bilingual dictionary.

Are there any other online French dictonaries that you use when learning French? Leave a comment below!

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