Wiktionary:Welcome, newcomers

Hello, and welcome! Wiktionary is a multilingual free dictionary, being written collaboratively on this website by people from around the world. Entries may be edited by anyone!

Designed as the lexical companion to Wikipedia, the encyclopedia project, Wiktionary has grown beyond a standard dictionary and now includes a thesaurus, a rhyme guide, phrase books, language statistics and extensive appendices. We aim to include not only the definition of a word, but also enough information to really understand it. Thus etymologies, pronunciations, sample quotations, synonyms, antonyms and translations are included.

Wiktionary is a wiki, which means that you can edit it, and all the content is dual-licensed under both the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License as well as the GNU Free Documentation License. Before you contribute, you may wish to read through some of our Help pages, and bear in mind that we do things quite differently from other wikis. In particular, we have strict layout conventions and inclusion criteria. Learn how to start a page, how to edit entries, experiment in the sandbox and visit our Community Portal to see how you can participate in the development of Wiktionary.

We have created 5,116,259 articles since starting in December, 2002, and we’re growing rapidly.

Editing Wiktionary

People like you are very active in building this project. While you are reading this, it is likely someone is editing one of our entries. Many knowledgeable people are already at work, but everybody is welcome!

Contributing does not require logging in, but we would prefer that you do, as it facilitates the administration of this site. (Note that logging in also prevents the page history.)

You can dive in right now and add or alter a definition, add example sentences, or help us to properly format or categorize entries. You can even create a page for a term we’re missing. Please feel free to be bold in editing pages!

How could allowing everyone to edit produce a high‐quality product instead of total disorder? Because most people want to help, and keeping it open to everyone creates the potential for making many good and ever-improving entries. Records are kept of all changes, so even unhelpful edits can easily be reverted by other users. To use a now‐famous catchphrase, in essence: “Given enough eyeballs, all errors are shallow.”

To start out, users might want to use the ‘ Recent changes’ or ‘ Random page’ link (found in the navigation box elsewhere on this page), to get an idea of the kinds of pages you can find here. (It might be surprising how many non-English words are entered here!)

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