Wiktionary:Foreign Word of the Day/Nominations

This project handles the daily foreign language word posted on the main page. It mimics the English Word of the Day. Nominations may be in any language other than English.

Here’s a checklist for nominations:

  1. Is it foreign? For nomination of English words, see Word of the Day.
  2. Is it non-offensive? Don’t nominate if it would be embarrassing to have someone’s boss or grandmother overhear.
  3. It hasn’t been lauded elsewhere recently, right? We want Wiktionary to be original, not a copycat.
  4. Do we have an entry for it? An entry needs to be created first, or you could request it.

Before a nominated word is featured, it needs to meet certain requirements:

  1. Words in well-documented languages need to have at least one CFI-compliant quotation and a pronunciation section with an audio file or IPA transcription.
  2. Words in ancient, barely attested languages need to have at least one quotation or reference.
  3. Words in other languages need to meet either of the following criteria:
    1. A pronunciation section with audio or IPA, and either a reference from an appropriate resource or a quotation.
    2. Two independent quotations/references.
  4. Terms currently in RFC, RFV, or RFD whose problems have not been resolved by those discussions will not be accepted.
  5. Entries may be required to have images of their headword available on Commons if the script they are in is not widely supported (e.g., Kannada or Phoenician).

Ideal candidates include entries that are fairly complete, having a considerable amount of information, or words with unusual meanings, for instance:

  • A word for an item or idea with which most English speakers are unfamiliar.
  • A false friend, a word that an English speaker would assume to have a different meaning.
  • A word with a couple of well-known definitions that have very different English translations.
  • A word whose primary definition incorporates a range of somewhat varied concepts in English.
  • An idiom or unusual expression, or anything else you think might be interesting.

Nominate a new word


General nominationsEdit


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  • Looks like English has already borrowed it – one dictionary had it in their “words of 2016” list. Jberkel (talk) 00:48, 6 November 2016 (UTC)
  •   Danish: ordne (no citations, no translation, pronunciation) PseudoSkull (talk) 02:59, 14 September 2016 (UTC)
    The definitions are kind of a mess tho.__Gamren (talk) 18:49, 15 November 2017 (UTC)
  •   Spanish: tubey (citation, no translation, no pronunciation) DTLHS (talk) 15:32, 18 July 2016 (UTC)
  •   Latvian: rudenīgs (no citations, no translation, no pronunciation) —suzukaze (tc) 02:52, 4 April 2016 (UTC)
  •   Polish: rzeczpospolita (no citations, no translation, pronunciation) 03:00, 11 March 2016 (UTC)
  •   French: farfelu (no citations, no translation, pronunciation) entry needs a scrub first. – Jberkel (talk) 01:49, 24 February 2016 (UTC)
  •   Czech: bašta (no citations, no translation, pronunciation) Lectiuss (talk) 17:26, 27 December 2015 (UTC)
  •   Russian: шиш (šiš) (no citations, no translation, pronunciation) --Brateevsky (talk) 10:46, 7 September 2015 (UTC)
  •   Swedish: dygna (no citations, no translation, no pronunciation) --Romanophile (talk) 19:51, 1 September 2015 (UTC)
  •   Latvian: šķērslis (no citations, no translation, pronunciation) -- I love words with diacritics; cf. the genitive singular form with šķēršļa -- wow! --Pereru (talk) 07:32, 20 August 2015 (UTC)
  •   Latvian: murrāt (no citations, no translation, no pronunciation) --Pereru (talk) 03:18, 20 August 2015 (UTC)
  •   Latvian: ņaudēt (no citations, no translation, no pronunciation) --Pereru (talk) 03:18, 20 August 2015 (UTC)
  •   Russian: зонг-опера (zong-opera) (no citations, no translation, pronunciation) , unusual mishmash of borrowings coined in order to avoid using a different borrowing that fell foul of Soviet laws Smurrayinchester (talk) 14:10, 16 March 2015 (UTC)
  •   Russian: лес (les) (no citations, no translation, pronunciation) Brateevsky (talk) 13:22, 22 January 2015 (UTC)
  •   Czech: čtvrtý (no citations, no translation, pronunciation) All those consonants... --WikiTiki89 23:39, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
  •   Swedish: filmatisera (no citations, no translation, no pronunciation)
Minor or extinct European language (not ready)Edit
Oceania (not ready)Edit
Constructed language (not ready)Edit
  •   Esperanto: nedankinde (no citations, no translation, pronunciation) Pretty clever etymology, no? Jackchango (talk) 18:49, 13 October 2020 (UTC)

Nominated for a particular momentEdit

Nominate a word here if you think it is fitting for a particular moment, such as a celebration, a recent news event and so on. It may be featured on another day instead, however.








  • 20 50 years since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin become first humans to walk on the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission -   Latin: explorare (no citations, no translation, pronunciation)
  • 27 (2013 only: 60th anniversary of the signing of the armistice in Korean War)   Korean: 평화 (pyeonghwa) (no citations, no translation, pronunciation)
    This could be done on any year, of course. 2016 is already occupied, however. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 06:20, 24 May 2016 (UTC)



  • 13 (2019)   Chinese: 賞月 (citation, no translation, pronunciation) for the Mid-Autumn FestivalGranger (talk · contribs) 14:10, 24 September 2018 (UTC)
  • 19 — Suggestions for Talk like a Pirate Day:
    •   German: Landratte (citation, no translation, pronunciation) Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 12:20, 22 September 2017 (UTC)
    •   Danish: landkrabbe (no citations, no translation, pronunciation) ,   Norwegian Bokmål: landkrabbe (no citations, no translation, no pronunciation) ,   Norwegian Nynorsk: landkrabbe (no citations, no translation, no pronunciation) ,   Swedish: landkrabba (no citations, no translation, pronunciation) Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 12:20, 22 September 2017 (UTC)



  • 11:   Polish: chrząszcz (no citations, no translation, pronunciation) -- 09:08, 3 June 2018 (UTC) It is Polish Independence day on 11 Nov, and I think we should celeberate with Polish tounge twisters.


Focus weeksEdit

Every so often, focus weeks are held in the Foreign Word of the Day. During focus weeks, we choose words or phrases with a certain theme, highlight languages with some special features, or show words that have particularly interesting or unusual properties. Proposals for focus weeks can be found at Wiktionary:Foreign Word of the Day/Focus weeks.