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German Spelling Dictionary


Use this dictionary to find old and new spelling variants (according to the official spelling as of the 1st of august 2006), as well as regional variants for over 250,000 German key words and idiomatic expressions. In addition, the dictionary provides information on current usage, and a link to the corresponding rule of the new spelling reform.

Restricting the search to this dictionary

To restrict the search, select Dictionary Spelling from the list in the search field. (Run examples: aufwendig, Tete-a-Tete).

Wildcard Search

For more complex requests you can use so-called wild cards.

  • The * represents any number of any character, including no characters.
    It can only be used in combination with at least three characters. In order to see all entries in the data base that start with the same characters, combine the characters with the wild card: e.g. if you enter Gel*, the search will return the entries Gel, Gelabber, gelabt, etc. The search *foto* will yield the search result abfotografieren, Aerofotografie, Aerofotogrammetrie etc.

  • The ? represents any single character.
    For example, the search ?ilde will return the entries Gilde, milde, Tilde, etc.

The wildcard search is not case sensitive.

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