Pleco Chinese Dictionary

Pleco Chinese Dictionary

By Pleco Inc.

  • Category: Reference
  • Release Date: 2009-12-17
  • Current Version: 3.2.31
  • Adult Rating: 9+
  • File Size: 127.69 MB
  • Developer: Pleco Inc.
  • Compatibility: Android, iOS 9.0
Score: 4.5
From 4,722 Ratings


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 include two lovely free ones built-in: the popular open-source CC-CEDICT, with over 110,000 frequently-updated entries, and our own PLC dictionary, with 125,000 more detailed entries, parts of speech, and over 25,000 example sentences (with Pinyin). More than two dozen other dictionaries are available as free and paid ($) add-ons, including licensed titles from well-known publishers like Oxford, Longman, FLTRP, Tuttle, SLPH, and Commercial Press. • Powerful merged search: look up words by Chinese characters, Pinyin (spaces / tones optional), or English, with support for wildcards and full-text search. And no need to tediously flip between all of those dictionaries to find a word - just type in your search term and instantly get a combined, frequency-sorted result list. • Links and cross-references: easily look up character components, break down words into individual characters, look up lists of words containing a particular character, search across all dictionaries for example sentences containing a word, and even find synonyms / antonyms using our (experimental) free thesaurus add-on. • Gorgeous typography: see it for yourself in our screenshots - we think we're one of the best-looking Chinese dictionaries around. Alternate Kai/Song/Xing-style Chinese fonts are also available ($). • PRC/HK/Taiwan-friendly: every part of Pleco supports both traditional and simplified characters, headword pronunciations can be shown in Zhuyin as well as in Pinyin, and we even support Cantonese search and display in our PLC dictionary. • Audio: Hear Mandarin and Cantonese pronunciations for words and example sentences using iOS' free built-in text-to-speech system. We also offer add-ons ($) with native-speaker Mandarin and Cantonese recordings, plus higher-quality Mandarin text-to-speech system options. • Document Reader: bring in text from the clipboard and tap on words in it to instantly look them up. Upgrade ($) adds support for tap-lookups in text, HTML, DOC, DOCX, PDF, and EPUB files, and in embedded lyrics in songs and podcasts. • OCR: look up words simply by pointing your device's camera at them, or by tapping on them in a still image. ($) • Fullscreen handwriting: use your device's whole screen instead of just a little box. Extremely accurate and highly tolerant of stroke order mistakes. ($) • 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. ($) • Absolutely 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 18 years across 4 different mobile platforms. You can be confident that we'll still be fixing bugs and adding features for years to come. Our 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.



  • One of the three pillars of my Chinese studies

    By jacktasia
    If you are serious about learning Chinese then this app is a must have. I have both bundles and they are worth every penny. I love having a central repository for all my dictionaries and characters. If have tried countless apps and this is one of the best and one of three I use constantly: * Plexo * HelloChinese * Google Translate
  • Really helpful

    By huinbgfffhjuuff
    I just studied abroad in China learning Mandarin, and I don’t think I could have survived homework and even daily life without this dictionary. There were so many times I had to look words up to communicate, get around/travel, and complete classwork and homework. It was even nice to change the colors on it so that the screen didn’t hurt my eyes during late night studying.
  • The premier Chinese language tool and reference

    By jayare7
    I have used Pleco for over 10 years on various platforms—it is indispensable both for its dictionary and other study aids. When students begin studying Chinese and ask what they should do, I tell them that the first thing they need to do is get Pleco. Required for English speakers studying Chinese.
  • Pleco - must for learning chinese

    By sdr0322
    Hands down the best app that helps Chinese language learners.
  • Excellent

    By Fm89130
    The best app for Chinese
  • love Pleco

    By L0rem Ipsum!
    After nine years in China hiring the occasional tutor but not really caring or focusing on my Chinese, I finally got my act together and have regularly been studying 2-4 hours every day since 春节. Pleco has been invaluable in both the lazy times and the student grind times. 100% recommend.

    By Liradie
    Pleco is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL for anyone taking on serious Chinese study. I use it constantly, and even paid the extra $20 to get the extra features, because they are ridiculously useful. I’ve used various dictionary apps for various languages, and Pleco trumps them all - it has a super usable interface, a bookmark system, helpful definitions and tons of examples for most words, extra info like radicals and components, and just pretty much anything you could possibly want from a dictionary app. It doesn’t had an auto-translator, but it can totally help you understand how a word functions so you can use it properly. Pleco 我爱你!
  • Amazing App!

    By smertnernie
    I take a Chinese class in school and this has been a super helpful app! One thing that I would like to have is an option to write characters out. My sister has the same app on her Android phone and it gives her that option, but on my apple phone it does not.
  • Amazing

    By guangxiwalt
    Worth the purchase for the self test system alone! Could use a few more of the open source dictionaries though. (Burnett would be fanstastic) Buy this APP if you’re study chinese!
  • Great for all skill levels

    By LeonidasofEire
    I’m an advanced learner. But this app offers a wide range of tools for all skill levels, the clipboard and flash cards being particularly useful, and the ease of use is outstanding. Thus I’ve found that this app has been more useful in my language development than any of the other services I’ve found combined.