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

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.


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)

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   Arabic: (no citations, pronunciation) — Ungoliant (falai) 20:43, 22 December 2014 (UTC)
  French: poisson d'avril (no citations, pronunciation) (April Fool's Day) -- Andrew Sheedy (talk) 03:51, 12 September 2016 (UTC)




  • 27 (2013 only: 60th anniversary of the signing of the armistice in Korean War)   Korean: 평화 ‎(pyeonghwa) (no citations, pronunciation)
    This could be done on any year, of course. 2016 is already occupied, however. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 06:20, 24 May 2016 (UTC)




  • 4:   Esperanto: sputniko (citation, pronunciation) ~ Röbin Liönheart (talk) 18:30, 5 November 2012 (UTC)
    • Might be a good one for October 4, Sputnik 1's launch date.
      But October 4th already happened and this December is the end of the world... --WikiTiki89 18:43, 5 November 2012 (UTC)
  • 31: We need a good spooky word for Halloween! —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 06:36, 24 May 2016 (UTC)
    Well,   Portuguese: xituculumucumba (citation, pronunciation) can work, but I'll take anything better if someone comes up with a word. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 02:27, 8 October 2016 (UTC)


  •   Hebrew: הודו (no citations, pronunciation) (etyms 2 and 3, for Thanksgiving) JulieKahan (talk) 15:04, 10 March 2013 (UTC)
    Cite for etym 3, still needed for etym 2. Pron added for all three etyms. —Angr 11:03, 1 May 2013 (UTC)
  •   Chinese: 光棍節 (no citations, pronunciation) —suzukaze (tc) 10:47, 7 November 2015 (UTC)


October 2016Edit

November 2016Edit

  • 7   Italian: clinton (no citations, no pronunciation) — so here's a thought: for 7 November 2016, the day before Election Day for the US Presidential Election, we run trump as the Word of the Day, and clinton (variant of clinto, a red wine from the Veneto) as the Foreign Word of the Day! Thoughts? — SMUconlaw (talk) 10:31, 2 August 2016 (UTC)
    @Smuconlaw: Really bad idea, because some people will doubtless only notice one or the other and complain. There's no reason to be US election-themed that justifies raising people's inevitable and ill-considered ire. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 14:06, 15 August 2016 (UTC)
OK, it was just a thought. — SMUconlaw (talk) 15:27, 15 August 2016 (UTC)
  • 29   Dutch: flens (citation, pronunciation) maybe only the sense "pancake". Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 14:25, 15 September 2016 (UTC)

December 2016Edit

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May 2017Edit

  • 11   German: Eisheilige (no citations, no pronunciation) – Jberkel (talk) 21:07, 19 September 2016 (UTC)

September 2017Edit

  • 22   Dutch: najaar (no citations, pronunciation) (beginning of autumn) – Jberkel (talk) 20:18, 19 September 2016 (UTC)
    • Alternatively / additionally: Catalan tardor. Jberkel (talk) 10:49, 21 October 2016 (UTC)