You can search the dictionary using English words, Chinese characters or Mandarin pinyin words. Every word you enter is a search term.
Mandarin Pinyin words should be entered without spaces, with or without tone numbers: bei3jing1 or beijing. The u-umlaut character ü can be entered using the letter v instead.
The asterisk character * can be used as a wildcard to match zero or more characters at the beginning, end or in the middle of a search term.
chin* will match any word starting with 'chin', such as 'China' or 'Chinese'.
*文 will match any word ending with '文', such as '中文' or '英文'.
b*g will match any word starting with 'b' and ending with 'g', such as 'big' or 'boring'.
*中国* will match any word containing '中国', such as '传统中国医药' or '中国人民'.
Exclude results containing a certain search term:
bill -gates will only match entries matching 'bill' but without 'gates'.
Match only Chinese characters, Mandarin pinyin or English definition:
p:you will only match entries with Mandarin pinyin containing the syllable 'you'
e:you will only match entries with the definitions containing the English word 'you'
c:个 will only match entries with the Chinese headword '个'
Double quotes can be used to group several search terms together:
"to eat" will only match entries where 'to' and 'eat' directly follow eachother
'-', 'c:', 'p:' and 'e:' only influence the search term immediately after these prefixes. When used with groups, they influence the whole group they prefix.
Check also the Chinese Dictionary with handwriting instructions and example sentences.