Pleco Chinese Dictionary

Pleco Chinese Dictionary

By Pleco Inc.

  • Category: Reference
  • Release Date: 2009-12-17
  • Current Version: 3.2.37
  • Adult Rating: 9+
  • File Size: 129.64 MB
  • Developer: Pleco Inc.
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.3 or later.
  • App Ratings:
    4.5/5 ( 5,050 App Reviews)
  • Price:
Pleco Chinese Dictionary App Ratings: 4.5
Based on 5,050 App Reviews

Pleco Chinese Dictionary App Details

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 characters, headword pronunciations can be shown in Zhuyin as well as in Pinyin, and several dictionaries even support Cantonese. • Audio: Hear Mandarin and Cantonese for words and example sentences using iOS' free built-in text-to-speech system. We also offer add-ons ($) with native-speaker Mandarin and Cantonese recordings, plus higher-quality Mandarin text-to-speech options. • Document Reader: bring in text from the clipboard and tap on words in it to instantly look them up. Upgrade ($) adds support for tap-lookups in text, HTML, DOC, DOCX, PDF, and EPUB files. 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. ($) • Flashcards: create a card from any dictionary entry with a single button tap, import premade word lists, use advanced memorization techniques like SRS, and study in a variety of modes including fill-in-the-blanks handwriting and tone drills. ($) • 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.


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App Reviews

  • Pleco has no real competition. Simply the best

    By JdgColorado
    I’ve been studying and teaching Chinese for years. I’m constantly on the lookout for the best resources to help people learn Chinese and Pleco has no equal. No other resource even comes close. Worth every penny.

    By PETA 2 User
    This is an amazing app with a variety of search options and countless text settings so that you can learn Chinese in any form in the way that is easiest for you! This includes Zhuyin, Pinyin, Traditional, and Simplified Chinese in dictionary entries. You can also type in any sound and dozens of entries will appear in order of their relevance. Each of these entries has accurate, in-depth definition(s) that help you understand the full meaning or meanings of the word. I highly suggest this app to any English-speaker who wants to study Chinese languages!
  • Pleco is unbelievably useful for studying Chinese

    By web_tomatoes
    This application is insanely great, and the developers behind it have incredible integrity. If you’re serious about speaking Mandarin, you’ll want Pleco. After 2 1/2 years of intensely studying Mandarin, I can say without hesitation that it is the single most important tool in my toolbox. Beyond all of the amazing features and functions of this app, there’s another feature that isn’t apparent: Plecoworks perfectly anywhere in the world. E.e.,I am a westerner who has traveled to China twice for language study. As many of you already know, most of the learning tools we use in the Western world, like Google translate, do not work in mainland China. However Pleco has been flawless.
  • For *ANYONE* who is studying Chinese!

    By DaleD
    This is a great app. Used it on trips to Taiwan and mainland China and it was amazing! Easy to switch between traditional and simplified characters. Easy to switch between English>Chinese and Chinese>English. I really appreciate that it can be used completely offline -- everything you need is on the phone. Characters, words, sentences, pronunciation -- it does it all! I haven't tried any of the paid add-ons yet -- what you get for free is great! ** Update ** I recently used it on a 3 week trip that included several days of tours, all in Chinese. This app was a lifesaver, and let me learn more about the words I was hearing than a simple translation app. Bravo to the makers of this app!!
  • Search no more…

    By ChineseHam
    This one stop Chinese learning dictionary has been used by the expat community in China for over a decade. It was the reason I upgraded my flip phone to a smartphone back in 2007 and is still one of the top apps used on my phone to date. Also, I paid once in 2007 and Pleco hasn’t asked for a dime since! Buying the way buying should be… Thanks Pleco! #lifetimefan
  • The best by far

    By nomadic yeti
    I’ve been using Pleco for about 16 years now (Palm Pilot, Windows Mobile, Android, and now iOS). It’s a lifesaver in Chinese study. The dictionary purchases and feature add ons are well worth the investment. Can’t recommend this enough.
  • Superb app

    By Akwasijorgenson
  • Wonderful set of tools!

    By Rockbridge31415
    Wonderful program, essential to teaching myself to read. Live OCR is wonderful, and having old-form characters helps me link to Japanese forms, which I read freely. (There’s nothing even slightly approaching Pleco for Japanese.) I can now get through material on the auto industry. Thanks!
  • Use everyday

    By WowNiser
    Absolutely essential for Chinese language study - I use this app daily to look up words, ‘read‘ articles and increase my vocabulary.
  • Excellent app

    By ccinchina
    I use it everyday and my Chinese has improved beyond my expectations.