Pleco Chinese Dictionary

Pleco Chinese Dictionary

Pleco Chinese Dictionary

By Pleco Inc.

  • Category: Reference
  • Release Date: 2009-12-17
  • Current Version: 3.2.57
  • Adult Rating: 9+
  • File Size: 83.02 MB
  • Developer: Pleco Inc.
  • Compatibility: iOS 11.2+
Score: 4.75
From 1,146 Ratings


NO SUBSCRIPTIONS; we offer additional dictionaries, graded readers, and other features as one-time purchases, but there are absolutely no subscriptions in our app. Pleco is the ultimate Chinese learning companion: an integrated dictionary / document reader / flashcard system with fullscreen handwriting input and live OCR, from a company that's been making the world's best mobile Chinese learning apps since 2001. Major features: ($ = paid add-on) • Amazing dictionaries. We offer two free built-in dictionaries: the popular open-source CC-CEDICT, with over 110,000 frequently-updated entries, and our own PLC dictionary, with 125,000 entries, parts of speech, and over 25,000 example sentences (with Pinyin). More than two dozen other dictionaries are available as free and paid ($) add-ons, including licensed titles from well-known publishers like Oxford, Longman, FLTRP, Tuttle, SLPH, and Commercial Press. • Powerful merged search: look up words by Chinese characters, Pinyin (spaces / tones optional), or English, with support for wildcards and full-text search. And no need to tediously flip between all of those dictionaries to find a word - just type in your search term and instantly get a combined, frequency-sorted result list. • Links and cross-references: easily look up character components, break down words into individual characters, look up lists of words containing a particular character, and search across all dictionaries for example sentences containing a word. • Gorgeous typography: see it for yourself in our screenshots - we think we're one of the best-looking Chinese dictionaries around. Alternate Kai/Song/Xing-style Chinese fonts are also available ($). • PRC/HK/Taiwan-friendly: every part of Pleco supports both traditional and simplified, headword readings can be shown in Pinyin and Zhuyin, and some dictionaries even support Cantonese. (note: stroke order diagrams do support traditional characters, but use PRC order) • Audio: Hear Mandarin and Cantonese for words and example sentences using iOS' free built-in text-to-speech system. We also offer add-ons ($) with native-speaker Mandarin recordings and higher-quality Mandarin TTS. • Document Reader: bring in text from the clipboard and tap on words in it to instantly look them up. Upgrade ($) adds support for tap-lookups in text, HTML, DOC, DOCX, PDF, and EPUB files. We also offer graded readings ($). • OCR: look up words simply by pointing your device's camera at them, or by tapping on them in a still image. ($) • Fullscreen handwriting: use your device's whole screen instead of just a little box. Extremely accurate and highly tolerant of stroke order mistakes. (enhanced $) • Flashcards: create a card from any dictionary entry with a single button tap, import premade word lists, use advanced memorization techniques like SRS, and study in a variety of modes including fill-in-the-blanks handwriting and tone drills. ($) • Stroke Order Diagrams: animations showing you how to draw each character; 500 characters for free, 28,000 in paid ($) version. • User dictionaries: create new dictionary entries right on your device as you encounter new words. ($) • No ads. We also offer famously excellent customer support and an active user community at And we're constantly working to make our products better; our sales and customer base have been growing for 19 years across 4 different platforms. You can be confident that we'll still be fixing bugs and adding features for years to come. Paid add-ons can be transferred to other devices that link to your iTunes account just like any other paid iTunes content; simply install our free app, open up the "Add-ons" screen, and tap on the "Restore Purchases" button to activate your purchase on each device. Please contact us at, via the form at, or using the in-app "Contact Support" command with any questions - we'll be delighted to hear from you.


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Great dictionary

Great dictionary but would be nice if Pleco had the option to turn off automatically copying from the clipboard; as in the new ios it means that you get notifications every time you switch back and forth between apps.
By Mediathoughts

The best dictionary for everyone

Pleco Dictionary is always the best for students and everyone to study the Chinese language.
By 9 John

Love this app - however

I bought the mandarin male audio. Now, I can’t change the audio settings and hear anything else. What I would like is to use the “cycle voices” option, so that when I listen to a multi-syllable word, I can cycle between the male individual pronunciations, and the text-to-speech quicker pronunciation. If this sort of thing is possible, that would be great.
By Joe"&'

Best app for learning Chinese

Nothing compares with Pleco for learning Chinese. Looking up words has never been more interesting. I can get lost in this app for hours. I take a simple WeChat message, look up a new word, learn how to write it, save it to flash cards, look up related words. Time passes quickly and I learn more than I thought I could. I know of no other dictionary that is so much fun to use!
By prndrgst


This is amazing. I’m not great at Chinese, and this helps so much!
By Geosunner

Great app

Love the app...there seems to be a bug though. I keep deleting my history - dictionary and search, but if you close the app and open it back up the history results return. Edit: bug resolved itself. My history is clear now. It wasn't clearing search results from 2 days ago but clearing any new searches. It finally cleared the 2 day old searches.
By Raw Dawg222

An Honest App Who Does More Than Advertised

So often in the Apple store, I’m asked to buy subscriptions to things that may or may not work. Or, I buy something that is no longer supported, and yet it appears again as a similar App with a slightly different name for which I have the “opportunity” to buy again. Not so with Pleco. I’ve had this app for years, and it’s always been updated. I purchased the modules that I purchased, and they haven’t rung more money for me. They’ve made improvements to the software during this time without complaint or blush. They are what an app should be in the App Store but so often is not. If you want to learn Chinese, you need this app, Period.
By Russwethet2013

Essential for any Chinese learner

I've tried bunches of Chinese dictionaries and this blows them all out of the water. Definitely the best, with great support and fantastic features. Highly recommended!!!
By MarkDMill

Excellent App!!

I’ve had Pleco since it’s earlier days on an old Windows based mobile phone. Have been using Pleco on iOS iPhone for many years since. Pleco was one of a kind dictionary back in the days and have evolved with time and have become even better and more adept as a dictionary, Chinese learning tool, etc. Michael Love’s Pleco is an exceptional product. Thumbs up!!
By jojoyck


Best dictionary for learning Chinese, used it way back from the PDA era on windows mobile. Still using it 20 years later, (Chinese is still hard) great tech support. No subscriptions!
By Isaachou


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