The native OSX dictionary (hover + 3-finger-tap) does not work for the Hebrew language.

The example below shows its reluctance to interpret the word פרסומת, a valid Hebrew word.

Any ideas how to add extra languages to the dictionary?

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This site has a number of extra dictionaries:


and this article provides links for Hebrew/English and English/Hebrew



Three-finger tap lookup is enabled by Dictionary.app.

Dictionary -> Preferences will enable you to activate more built-in dictionaries.

For more on adding dictionaries to Dictionary.app, check out this article which also points out how to download and install third-party dictionaries.


I was fed up with how hard it is to find good dictionaries if you don't speak one of the "big" languages that Apple supports (El Capitan adds a few very good dictionaries for German etc., but that's not very helpful for users in small(er) countries) and so I decided to do something about it and made an app for installing translation dictionaries: Dictionaries.

Right now it has 44 languages (including Hebrew) and dictionaries are based on a good source (Wiktionary, periodically updated and growing steadily) and have stylesheets to look good in Yosemite and El Capitan. That's my two gripes with clasqm's huge collection that Tom mentions: those are mostly old dictionaries, not updated for 10.10+'s more modern look and they are one-off conversions.

  • Works BUT contains quite limited dictionaries, and is a commercial product (although very cheap, only a couple of dollars)
    – oori
    Feb 14 '16 at 11:22
  • @oori Out of curiosity, what language(s) did you try? The quality varies depending how popular a language is at Wiktionary, some are pretty good, some… ehm, less so. Feb 14 '16 at 11:32
  • hebrew 15k definitions
    – oori
    Feb 15 '16 at 7:12

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