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Wiktionary:Foreign Word of the Day/Nominations

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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 any 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 on Commons available 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

Add your word to the top of the list using {{fwotd-nom}}! Sign each new nomination by typing four tildes (~~~~)


Maybe set on a cinema-related day?
  • 1 November 1895 - first paid screening
  • 19 October 1862 / 5 October 1864 birthday of Auguste / Louis Lumière
Jberkel (talk) 03:28, 14 October 2016 (UTC)
Minor or extinct European languageEdit
  •   Middle English: whete (citation, pronunciation) — SGconlaw (talk) 19:27, 16 January 2019 (UTC)
  •   Latin: cave canem (citation, pronunciation) counting the picture as a citation. — Mnemosientje (t · c) 12:58, 2 December 2018 (UTC)
  •   Ancient Greek: εὐσέβεια (eusébeia) (citation, pronunciation) ; the cite in the fourth definition line is to demonstrate that the usage of this term in the cited inscription really refers specifically to dharma and not some other concept (a quick search confirms that quite a lot of reputable sources share this interpretation). — Mnemosientje (t · c) 09:40, 4 January 2018 (UTC)
  •   Ancient Greek: πάσχα (páskha) (citation, pronunciation) Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 13:45, 30 October 2017 (UTC)
  •   Ancient Greek: κρήδεμνον (krḗdemnon) (citation, pronunciation) — Ungoliant (falai) 22:46, 25 June 2017 (UTC)
Constructed languageEdit

Not readyEdit

Africa (not ready)Edit
Americas (not ready)Edit
  •   Aukan: faya wataa (citation, no pronunciation) Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 10:28, 21 May 2016 (UTC)
  •   Wintu: čaliharas (citation, no pronunciation) —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 02:54, 7 August 2015 (UTC)
  •   Taos: łá’ȕ (no citations, pronunciation) —Mr. Granger (talkcontribs) 02:22, 8 January 2014 (UTC)
  •   Classical Nahuatl: tzompantli (no citations, pronunciation)
    Moved here from the Asian (?) section. No idea who added the nomination. I changed the language code from Nahuatl (no entry) to Classical Nahuatl. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 13:26, 27 August 2018 (UTC)
  •   Northern Valley Yokuts: timethril (citation, no pronunciation) , the most Sindarin-like word I've seen that's not (and that's not imitating) Sindarin, although the most Sindarin-ish part of it, thr(il), is just an old orthography for ṭ(il) /ʈil/. Compare Talk:Q'anjob'al. - -sche (discuss) 03:16, 8 July 2016 (UTC)
  •   Quechua: chaka (no citations, no pronunciation) ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 12:05, 21 January 2019 (UTC)
  •   Sinacantán: meelatí (citation, no pronunciation) or mee - -sche (discuss) 03:03, 8 July 2016 (UTC)
Asia (not ready)Edit
  A user suggests that this English project page be cleaned up, giving the reason: "if we want to keep continent sections, this list needs to be sorted properly".
Please see the discussion on Requests for cleanup(+) or the talk page for more information and remove this template after the problem has been dealt with.
Europe (not ready)Edit
  • 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, 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 pronunciation) DTLHS (talk) 15:32, 18 July 2016 (UTC)
  •   Latvian: rudenīgs (no citations, no pronunciation) —suzukaze (tc) 02:52, 4 April 2016 (UTC)
  •   Polish: rzeczpospolita (no citations, pronunciation) 03:00, 11 March 2016 (UTC)
  •   French: farfelu (no citations, pronunciation) entry needs a scrub first. – Jberkel (talk) 01:49, 24 February 2016 (UTC)
  •   Czech: bašta (no citations, pronunciation) Lectiuss (talk) 17:26, 27 December 2015 (UTC)
  •   Spanish: disparate (citation, pronunciation) – Jberkel (talk) 09:48, 16 October 2015 (UTC)
  •   Russian: шиш (šiš) (no citations, pronunciation) --Brateevsky (talk) 10:46, 7 September 2015 (UTC)
  •   Swedish: dygna (no citations, no pronunciation) --Romanophile (talk) 19:51, 1 September 2015 (UTC)
  •   Latvian: šķērslis (no citations, 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 pronunciation) --Pereru (talk) 03:18, 20 August 2015 (UTC)
  •   Latvian: ņaudēt (no citations, no pronunciation) --Pereru (talk) 03:18, 20 August 2015 (UTC)
  •   Russian: зонг-опера (zong-opera) (no citations, 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, pronunciation) Brateevsky (talk) 13:22, 22 January 2015 (UTC)
  •   Czech: čtvrtý (no citations, pronunciation) All those consonants... --WikiTiki89 23:39, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
  •   Swedish: filmatisera (no citations, no pronunciation)
Minor or extinct European language (not ready)Edit
Oceania (not ready)Edit
Constructed language (not ready)Edit

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.






  • 1 (May Day, Labor Day)   Esperanto: laboristaro (citation, pronunciation) - פֿינצטערניש (talk) 23:59, 30 December 2018 (UTC)
  • 4 (Star Wars Day)   Translingual: Han solo (no citations, no pronunciation) – Jberkel 18:48, 23 August 2018 (UTC)
    As I've commented before, I don't think that Translingual entries should be featured (and they are arguably not "foreign"). —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 20:05, 23 August 2018 (UTC)
    Translingual focus week? :)Jberkel 20:59, 23 August 2018 (UTC)
      Italian: spada laser (citation, pronunciation) , but it still needs translation. ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 15:27, 7 January 2019 (UTC)
  • 12 (2019, Mother's Day in many countries)   Volapük: motön (citation, pronunciation) ←₰-→ Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 14:02, 28 February 2018 (UTC)
  • 13   Japanese: 千早振る (citation, pronunciation) Can anyone take a guess? ~ POKéTalker) 19:36, 26 January 2019 (UTC)







  • 11:   Chinese: 光棍節 (no citations, pronunciation) —suzukaze (tc) 10:47, 7 November 2015 (UTC)
  • 11:   Polish: chrząszcz (no citations, 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.
  • 20   Hebrew: חַלּוֹן‎ (citation, no pronunciation) vaguely for the release of w:Windows 1.0. —Enosh (talk) 08:53, 18 November 2016 (UTC)


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.