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Wiktionary namespaces
Subject namespaces Talk namespaces
0 (Main/Article) Talk 1
2 User User talk 3
4 Wiktionary Wiktionary talk 5
6 File File talk 7
8 MediaWiki MediaWiki talk 9
10 Template Template talk 11
12 Help Help talk 13
14 Category Category talk 15
90 Thread Thread talk 91
92 Summary Summary talk 93
100 Appendix Appendix talk 101
106 Rhymes Rhymes talk 107
108 Transwiki Transwiki talk 109
110 Thesaurus Thesaurus talk 111
114 Citations Citations talk 115
116 Sign gloss Sign gloss talk 117
118 Reconstruction Reconstruction talk 119
710 TimedText TimedText talk 711
828 Module Module talk 829
Virtual namespaces
-1 Special
-2 Media

This page lists namespaces of the English Wiktionary and how they are used.


A variety of namespaces are currently set in the English Wiktionary, which is powered by the MediaWiki software. Each namespace may hold an indefinite number of pages and serves a different purpose in organizing them.

Each namespace is identified by its own name or by a number, except one which does not have a particular name, being defined as "main" or "entry" in some places. Except for "main", the namespace of a page is always present in the beginning of its title, followed by a colon. Therefore, if a page called Appendix:Example exists, it is in the Appendix namespace and may be linked as Appendix:Example.


If the title of a page contains a slash (/), it is considered a subpage of another page whose title is equal, but without, the slash and subsequent characters. For instance, Wiktionary:Beer parlour/timeline is a subpage of Wiktionary:Beer parlour. A subpage is expected to be subordinate of the other page.

The only exception are pages in the main namespace, as they are naturally considered independent. For example, "AC/DC" is not the subpage of page "AC" but rather an individual page. Note that "Talk:AC/DC" unexpectedly does not fit in this exception.

List of namespaces

The namespaces "main", User, Wiktionary, File, MediaWiki, Template, Help and Category represent basic functions inherent to most MediaWiki sites, so similar namespaces are likely to be found in Wiktionary's sister projects such as Wikipedia.

The namespaces Appendix, Concordance, Index, Rhymes, Transwiki, Wikisaurus (now called Thesaurus) and Citations were introduced on 28 June 2006. Most of them have purposes more directly related to building a dictionary, so they probably would not be found in other projects, but Wiktionaries in other languages may have similar namespaces. Particularly, the Transwiki system also became common in other types of project.

Each of the namespaces explained above is counterpart to one of the talk namespaces: Talk, User talk, Wiktionary talk, File talk, MediaWiki talk, Template talk, Help talk, Category talk, Appendix talk, Concordance talk, Index talk, Rhymes talk, Transwiki talk, Thesaurus talk and Citations talk. They serve as spaces for conversations about the current non-talk page. For instance, users may talk about Wiktionary:Namespace at Wiktionary talk:Namespace. However, there are a few generic discussion rooms which may be preferred in place of discussing on separate talk pages.

Here is a table with all current namespaces of the English Wiktionary and their descriptions. The items in the "Name" column are linked to a list of all pages in the respective namespace.

NS Name Contents
-2 Media: Customized icons, widgets and helper pages that come with the MediaWiki software and are accessible by developers but not to ordinary users or administrators.
-1 Special: Specific functions within the MediaWiki software, such as seeing technical details, lists of pages, edits and users, deletion of pages, protection of pages and blocking users. The set of accessible Special pages changes for each user according to their place of in hierarchy, growing longer in this order: from anonymous users, logged-in users, administrators, bureaucrats, stewards to developers. Example: Special:RecentChanges.
0 (none) Entries with definitions, translations, among other information on terms of all languages. The absence of a prefix and of subpages distinguishes these pages from those in other namespaces. This is commonly known as the "main" namespace. Example: word.
1 Talk: Discussions about each entry page. Example: Talk:word.
2 User: Personal pages for Wiktionary editors, where users may create just about anything they want, using their user name as title and possibly creating subpages. They are permitted and even encouraged. When a user is not registered, their IP number is the title instead. Only modify other another's user pages with permission. Examples: User:Example and User:Example/my1stProject.
3 User talk: Discussions directed to specific users. They are notified whenever someone edits their talk page. Typically, subpages are used only for talk page archives. Examples: User talk:Example, User talk:Example/March 2010 and User talk:Example/Archive 5.
4 Wiktionary: Information in context of Wiktionary, including its general operation, policy pages like Wiktionary:Blocking policy, decisions on editing specific languages like Wiktionary:About Korean, organization of other namespaces (for instance, which templates or categories to be used for each situation) and also contains generic discussion pages like Wiktionary:Beer parlour and Wiktionary:Requests for deletion. Pages intended for guiding new users should be placed at the Help namespace rather than here.
5 Wiktionary talk: Discussions about each Wiktionary page. Example: Wiktionary talk:About Hebrew.
6 File: Uploaded files, potentially including images and sounds. However, only Wiktionary logos belong here. All other contents are kept at Wikimedia Commons, where they may be used by all sister projects through the usual links.
7 File talk: This namespace is no longer used due to our policy of restriction of the File namespace. Complaints about suspected copyright violations were added here. This function may be found at Wikimedia Commons.
8 MediaWiki: Text required by the MediaWiki software. All pages in this namespace are protected by default, so they can only be edited by administrators and interface editors. Crucial user interface changes can inadvertently be made here. These pages often require unusual technical fluency to overcome various programming traps and challenges.
9 MediaWiki talk: Spaces for anonymous and registered users to request or propose changes to the MediaWiki pages. If technical defects are spotted on a MediaWiki: page, here the details may be spelled out, plainly enough so that sysops can follow instructions.
10 Template: Templates with collections of text that users can define, and repeat on multiple pages by referencing the template name with squiggle brackets. They include inflection templates, cleanup templates, topic tag templates (such as {{label}}), and many others.
11 Template talk: General discussions about particular templates.
12 Help: Contains a general resource of help on various subjects, particularly for new users.
13 Help talk: General discussions and proposals regarding their corresponding help pages.
14 Category: Automatically generated sets of pages. To know how entries are categorized and how categories are linked, see Help:Category. Example: Category:Greek nouns.
15 Category talk: Discussions about the corresponding category.
90 Thread: Stores individual threads in LiquidThreads discussion pages.
91 Thread talk: Unused.
92 Summary: Summaries of discussions in pages using LiquidThreads.
93 Summary talk: Unused.
100 Appendix: Information suitable for a dictionary, but encyclopedic in nature. That includes lists of terms (for instance, surnames, given names, constellations, slang, etc.), lexical information (for instance, declensions, conjugations, word order, pronunciations, etc.) that would be suitable for various entries together, proto-language forms and certain definitions that according to Wiktionary:Criteria for inclusion should be present only in appendices.

Particularly, explanations on templates, categories and other aspects of Wiktionary should not be placed in appendices.

Examples: Appendix:Female given names/R, Appendix:Hiragana script and Appendix:Ancient Greek nouns.

101 Appendix talk: Discussions on specific appendices.
106 Rhymes: Lists of words that rhyme, using strict rhyming rules, the English words organized by British formal pronunciation and all languages indexed by the IPA notation.
107 Rhymes talk: Discussions about specific rhyme pages.
108 Transwiki: A namespace previously used, but now basically obsolete, for pages imported from sister projects that were identified as dictionary definitions.
109 Transwiki talk: Discussion pages from the Transwiki pages. No longer relevant.
110 Thesaurus: Wiktionary's thesaurus. See Wiktionary:Thesaurus.
111 Thesaurus talk: Debates about the appropriateness of specific items.
114 Citations: Quotations. Based on the idea of usage as criteria for inclusion, the citation pages can display durably archived usage over time. From the usage documented on these citations pages the definitions on the main entries are verified, clarified and updated, or perhaps additional definitions can be derived. See Wiktionary:Citations.
115 Citations talk: Unused.
116 Sign gloss: Experimental. See Wiktionary:About sign languages for background info.
117 Sign gloss talk:
118 Reconstruction: For entries of hypothetical languages or proto-languages, mostly referenced in etymologies.
119 Reconstruction talk: For discussion of the corresponding entries.
828 Module: Similar to the template namespace, though usually stores code or groups of text which are more generally used as part of templates. More details can be found at Wiktionary:Scribunto.
829 Module talk: For discussion of corresponding modules.

Former namespaces

The gaps in namespace numbering correspond to namespaces that were removed from Wiktionary. These are:

  • Concordance: (102) and Concordance talk: (103)
    • This namespace held listings of words from particular references, for example, the Bible. This was intended as a way to find and fill gaps in our coverage, but it never really took off.
    • Some concordances still exist in the Appendix (see Category:Concordances) and some users' subpages.
    • Removal discussed at RFDO, see Wiktionary talk:Concordances
  • Index: (104) and Index talk: (105)
  • WT: (112) and WT talk: (113)
    • Replaced by aliasing the "WT:" prefix to the Wiktionary: namespace


There are several namespace aliases. They are case-insensitive.

alias target name target id
WT: Wiktionary: 4
Image: File: 6
Image talk: File talk: 7
T: Template: 10
CAT: Category: 14
AP: Appendix: 100
WS: Thesaurus: 110
Wikisaurus: Thesaurus: 110
Wikisaurus talk: Thesaurus talk: 111
RC: Reconstruction: 118
MOD: Module: 828


Pseudo namespaces are sets of pages that use the colon to set them off from other pages but without the full namespace support of MediaWiki software. All of the current pseudo namespaces are not in the main namespace so they are effectively sub-namespaces. Current pseudo namespaces include:

thesaurus topic categories

Any wiki link prefaced by one of the keywords below link to external Wikimedia sites, as indicated. Each external site has its own set of namespaces which can also be included in the link. In addition, wikis in different languages exist. See below for further details.

From other Wikimedia sites link to Wiktionary by using the wikt: or wiktionary: prefix.

Project Long form Shortcut
Wikipedia [[wikipedia:]] [[w:]]
Wiktionary wiktionary: wikt:
Wikinews [[wikinews:]] [[n:]]
Wikibooks [[wikibooks:]] [[b:]]
Wikiquote [[wikiquote:]] [[q:]]
Wikisource [[wikisource:]] [[s:]]
Wikispecies [[wikispecies:]] [[species:]]
Wikiversity [[wikiversity:]] [[v:]]
Wikimedia Foundation [[wikimedia:]]
Wikimedia Commons [[commons:]] [[c:]]
Wikimedia Meta-Wiki [[metawikipedia:]]
Wikimedia Incubator [[incubator:]]
MediaWiki [[mw:]]
MediaZilla / Bugzilla [[mediazilla:]]
Testwiki [[testwiki:]]

* Other Wikimedia prefixes: betawikiversity:, download:, dbdump:, mail:, mailarchive:, otrs:, OTRSwiki:, quality:, spcom:, tools:, tswiki:, svn:, rev:, wmania:, wm2005:, wm2006:, wm2007:, wm2008:, wm2009:.

The long form doesn't work within the same project. The shortcut works everywhere. (That is the intention; currently, it does not work on all projects).

To get to another language, you might use [[:nl:Overleg:Hoofdpagina]]. Note: this requires a preceding colon to display as a normal link, otherwise it will appear in the left-most column under “Other languages.”

See also