Using the dictionary
This dictionary is designed to be simple to use. You can search for an English word or a Kinyarwanda word. As you type a word into the search box it will show a list of suggestions.
Each entry in the dictionary looks something like this:
- Prefix: the prefix part of the entry. For nouns this will be the singular form prefix (assuming there is one) and for verbs it will be the infinitive form prefix.
- Stem: the stem part of the entry.
- Modifier: for nouns this is the plural prefix, and for verbs this is the past tense stem ending.
- Pronunciation: shows how the word should be pronounced using the amasaku.
- Audio button: some words have an audio recording which can be played by clicking this.
- Word class: the abbreviated form of the word class. The statistics page gives a list of all the word classes used in the dictionary.
- Noun classes: this is the class of the noun in it's singular and plural forms. For other word classes this may be the class of noun which it agrees with.
- Variant spellings: other accepted spellings of this word.
- English meanings: the English words with equivalent meaning
- Root word: the word that this word is derived from.
You can use * character as a wildcard to search for part of a word. For example: searching for ikinya* will return all entries that begin with "ikinya", and searching for *gura will return all entries that end with "gura"