Maltese Dictionary Online

This online dictionary originated from the collation of a singular, plural or collective number of existing lexical resources for Maltese, some of which were available online, while others were developed as a result of research projects by academics and postgraduate students. 

The online version of the dictionary is one of the outcomes of the Maltese Language Resource Server project (http://mlrs.research.um.edu.mt), a long-term initiative by the Institute of Linguistics and the Department of Intelligent Computer Systems at the University of Malta. The electronic version of the dictionary was initially developed by John J. Camilleri and subsequently fine-tuned and edited by the MLRS team. 

The dictionary was further developed and made public as a result of a strong collaboration between the Malta Communications Authority, the Institute of Linguistics, the Department of Intelligent Computer Systems at the University of Malta, as well as the Kunsill Nazzjonali tal-Ilsien Malti, which mediated the collaboration agreement. We have also made this dictionary available in a mobile-friendly version and as a downloadable application from Google Play to allow to use this service anytime, any place.

Recognising the importance of having such a resource available to the general public, the Vodafone Malta Foundation funded its development under the programme ‘Mobile for Good’ (www.vodafone.com.mt/vodafone-malta-foundation). Infusion co-sponsored the development of the site. 

Although we have made this dictionary available for public use, we intend to continue developing the functionality and the content available in this tool in line with current trends and user expectations and feedback. We shall therefore be continuously updating and expanding the facilities offered on this portal, based on the philosophy that no dictionary of a living language is ever complete. 

At the same time, we must also acknowledge that every new step taken to develop language resources is but a chapter in a long history. In the case of Maltese lexicography, that history dates back to the 18th Century, with important contributions along the way by De Soldanis, Mikiel Anton Vassalli and, crucially for the 20th Century, Ġużé Aquilina. 

We have done our best to ensure the authenticity of the information provided through this tool and that it is as comprehensive as possible. If you come across any errors or any words which you believe should be included, please do not hesitate to let us know. Get in Touch.