Pleco Chinese Dictionary

Pleco Chinese Dictionary

By Pleco Inc.

  • Category: Reference
  • Release Date: 2009-12-17
  • Current Version: 3.2.63
  • Adult Rating: 9+
  • File Size: 98.97 MB
  • Developer: Pleco Inc.
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 11.2 or later.
Score: 4.73122
From 1,291 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 20 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.



  • Must-have app for Chinese learners

    By Mikan Bouya
    Pleco is a literally indispensable tool for all Chinese learners. The developers have very clearly thought through virtually every use case, and implemented fast, efficient, easy-to-use features that are a joy to use. The flash card engine is fantastic, with a well thought out SRS algorithm, that is among the best in the business. The reader app is also incredibly useful for learning, that will transform how you learn to read. There are also great set of features for advanced users, particularly for managing files and flash cards. The rich set of add-ins makes the app even more full featured, all for super reasonable prices. I absolutely cannot recommend this software enough. It is a rare example of rock solid engineering with meticulous attention to user scenarios! Thank you for creating this amazing piece of software!
  • Phenomenal app—important suggestion

    By Joe"&'
    Lots of great capabilities here, really appreciate that So I want to suggest something Being able to swipe to go forward and back Without this capability, I have to balance my phone and get my thumb to the upper top corner of my phone every time I need to go back This swiping ability I’ve seen in Instagram, and some others Never programmed, don’t know what it takes, but would be awesome Thanks y’all for this app with a lot of awesome capabilities and options
  • Suggestion

    By Liann Shannon
    Can you add back the testing feature that lets the button for “Reveal Entire Card” and “Mark Correct // Mark Incorrect” react at a millisecond’s pace? Before, I could very rapidly speed through reviewing the flashcards but now you can’t tap twice consecutively, there has to be two separate taps for the button to register. (You have to pause an extra millisecond or two). I know this isn’t an important feature. Just missing it badly haha
  • I like it

    By nzknlsn
    It has pretty much everything i need
  • Unfreaking believable!

    By Pigfights
    I’ve hit the “contact support” button on many of my other apps to solve problems. With those apps it’s taken 5-7 business days to resolve the issue (that’s if they even respond). Pleco support services on the other hand are top tier my folks. I had a problem with a flash card set not loading their support tech replied and fixed my problem within a few hours!! Not only is Pleco an amazing app to help you with your Chinese it’s also got some amazing people there to help you should you have any problems. If you don’t download this app then you’re missing out!
  • Top must have if learning Mandarin!

    By boldleaf
    This app is an absolute essential for anyone learning Mandarin. I cannot tell you how many times a day I’ve used it over the last 10 or so years of learning Mandarin and living in China. Comprehensive dictionary with audio in make and female voices, example sentences, a nice library of dictionaries to download, stroke order demo and practice, and so much more! After all these years my only complaint is that I often run across British English expressions in the definition or example sentences that leaves this American needing another dictionary to translate! Ex. “chop and change”. Huh??
  • The best!

    By MRR13923
    Best dictionary around for both mandarin and Cantonese. I love how I can see traditional mandarin and Cantonese at the same time and be able to communicate and look up words to use with family that speak both languages. Amazing! Apps like these will help preserve Cantonese from dying at the hands of the chinese communist party!
  • Ray

    By a chess user
  • The Best

    By Yoshi Cookie
    The only Chinese language dictionary or app you will ever need. This one has it all. Great dictionaries (even ones on specific topics like Buddhism or Medical/Military), great flash card system, OCR, stroke order diagrams, configure Uluru and so much more!
  • This is the best Chinese learning & dictionary app!

    By Keyboard Synthesist
    For beginners, intermediate & advanced students, Pleco is simply the best! You get a lot for free: two big dictionaries, traditional & simplified characters, handwriting character entry, stroke order animations, audio & several other useful capabilities.