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 weeks[edit]

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 nominations[edit]

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

Nominated for a particular moment[edit]

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: Symbol keep vote.svg Polish: szczypiornista (citation, pronunciation) Keφr 18:54, 22 January 2015 (UTC)
  • 10: Symbol delete vote.svg Cantonese: 恭喜发财 (no citations, pronunciation) for Chinese New Year. Astral (talk) 03:55, 7 February 2013 (UTC)
    • It will need pronunciation and citations soon if it's going to make it in time... —CodeCat 04:01, 7 February 2013 (UTC)
      • Alas, that's not within my capacity. I nom'd it in the hope of having a matching WOTD and FWOTD (the scheduled WOTD for Chinese New Year is ophidian, since it's the Year of the Snake). Astral (talk) 05:31, 7 February 2013 (UTC)
    • 恭喜發財 done. Wyang (talk) 13:28, 8 February 2013 (UTC)
  • 14: Symbol delete vote.svg French: amouracher (no citations, pronunciation) unless someone can think of something better. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 08:25, 24 January 2013 (UTC)




  • 1 (Labor Day): Symbol keep vote.svg Polish: wyzysk (citation, pronunciation) — this means "exploitation" in the specific sense of "being denied the fruits of one's labor", also has an unusual combination of sounds --Tweenk (talk) 22:38, 8 January 2015 (UTC)


  • 15 (feast day of Saint Augustine of Hippo): Symbol keep vote.svg Classical Nahuatl: san Agustin teōpixqui (citation, pronunciation) — along with the Franciscan and the Dominican order, the Augustinians played a large role on the evangelization of conquered Mexico —K  (talk / contribs) 18:59, 17 January 2015 (UTC)
  • 23 or 24 (feast days in Latvia Jāņi): Symbol delete vote.svg Latvian: līt kā pa Jāņiem (no citations, pronunciation) --Čumbavamba (talk) 08:35, 28 January 2015 (UTC)


  • 27 (2013 only: 60th anniversary of the signing of the armistice in Korean War) Symbol delete vote.svg Korean: 평화 (pyeonghwa) (no citations, pronunciation)


  • 6 (Hiroshima bombing) Symbol keep vote.svg Japanese: 被爆者 (citation, pronunciation) — Ungoliant (Falai) 06:34, 24 January 2013 (UTC)


  • 22: Symbol delete vote.svg Swedish: höstdagjämning (no citations, pronunciation) (for 22 September) —CodeCat 19:04, 9 September 2012 (UTC)


  • 4: Symbol keep vote.svg 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)
  • 4 (feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi): Symbol keep vote.svg Classical Nahuatl: san Francisco teōpixqui (citation, pronunciation) , Alonso de Molina, a lexicographer and grammarian through whose writings a large portion of Classical Nahuatl vocabulary was preserved, was a Franciscan monk. —K  (talk / contribs) 19:02, 17 January 2015 (UTC)
  • 9: Symbol keep vote.svg Spanish: socarrat (citation, pronunciation) for Region of Valencia Day. Would be better to cite/get pronunciations for the Catalan version, but I don't know enough of the language to do it myself. Smurrayinchester (talk) 10:27, 29 January 2015 (UTC)
  • 9: Symbol delete vote.svg Catalan: socarrat (citation, no pronunciation) (see above). Smurrayinchester (talk) 10:27, 29 January 2015 (UTC)
  • 12: Symbol delete vote.svg Spanish: descubrimiento (no citations, no pronunciation) Carturo222 (talk) 21:04, 26 June 2013 (UTC)


  • Symbol delete vote.svg 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)


Selected words[edit]