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 (~~~~)

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)
  • Symbol delete vote.svg Spanish: pasanaku (citation, no pronunciation) DTLHS (talk) 00:50, 28 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol delete vote.svg Spanish: azafata (no citations, no pronunciation) – Jberkel (talk) 00:47, 28 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol delete vote.svg Hungarian: paradicsom (no citations, pronunciation) – Ceaeven (talk) 20:18, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol delete vote.svg Turkish: koful (no citations, pronunciation) – Ceaeven (talk) 20:18, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol delete vote.svg Norwegian Nynorsk: åverk (no citations, no pronunciation) Lingo Bingo Dingo (talk) 10:26, 22 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol delete vote.svg Chinese: 關係 (no citations, pronunciation) – Jberkel (talk) 00:16, 20 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol delete vote.svg Danish: hygge (no citations, pronunciation) – Jberkel (talk) 11:51, 17 September 2016 (UTC)
  • 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)

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 delete vote.svg Arabic: (no citations, pronunciation) — Ungoliant (falai) 20:43, 22 December 2014 (UTC)
    This is probably a bad idea; I doubt people will notice that it's a single character, unless they try to select it with their cursor for some reason, and so — if they parse it as an April Fool's thing at all — it'll just look like we're making a weird statement about Islam, like suggesting the bismillah is an "April fool's" ("fooled ya, god's not really merciful!" ?). - -sche (discuss) 07:12, 29 November 2016 (UTC)
  • 1 Symbol delete vote.svg French: poisson d'avril (no citations, pronunciation) (April Fool's Day) -- Andrew Sheedy (talk) 03:51, 12 September 2016 (UTC)
  • 1 Symbol delete vote.svg Anal: khol (citation, no pronunciation) —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 06:34, 29 November 2016 (UTC)
  • 2 (Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday): Symbol delete vote.svg Danish: eventyr (no citations, no pronunciation) — Ungoliant (falai) 05:13, 17 March 2016 (UTC)




  • 14 Bastille Day Symbol keep vote.svg French: Hexagone (citation, pronunciation) – Jberkel (talk) 07:16, 3 January 2017 (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)
    This could be done on any year, of course. 2016 is already occupied, however. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 06:20, 24 May 2016 (UTC)