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Logo wordreference.jpg
Type of site
Online dictionary
Available in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German and Russian[1]
Owner Michael Kellogg
Created by Michael Kellogg
Revenue from AdSense
Website WordReference.com
Alexa rank Positive decrease 215 (April 2014)[2]
Registration No
Launched 1999
Current status Active

WordReference is an online translation dictionary for, among others, the language pairs English-French, English-Italian, English-Spanish, French-Spanish, Spanish-Portuguese and English-Portuguese.

WordReference also has Oxford Unabridged and Concise dictionaries available for a subscription. These dictionaries contain more translations than the free ones. The price is currently 30EUR (45USD) per year.[3]

As of June 2008, more language pairs have been created: English-German, English-Russian, English-Polish, English-Romanian, English-Czech, English-Greek, English-Turkish, English-Chinese, English-Japanese, English-Korean, English-Arabic. Presently the newer additions are still works-in-progress.

According to Alexa.com,[4] the website is one of the 500 most visited websites worldwide.

WordReference forums[edit]

Major Romance languages and English language:

The website features publicly accessible forums allowing registered users to ask questions about vocabulary and grammar.


The WordReference forums are strongly criticized by many users due to the rules imposed by the administrator and creator of WordReference, Michael Kellog. These rules deny the possibility of eliminating accounts within the site, arguing that: "Most people asking that their posts be deleted are asking it because they have cheated on their homework and don't want to get caught" (point number 5 of its rules).[5]


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