Subject-specific Dictionaries & Glossaries

This second section of useful links and resources for translators and interpreters includes subject-specific dictionaries and glossaries. They have been divided up into the following categories:

Art / Business & Trade /

Construction & Architecture / Copywriting & Publishing /

Education / Environment & Earth Science / Fashion & Textiles /

Finance / Food & Agriculture / Health & Medical /

Humanities and Social Sciences /

Information and Communications Technology /

Insurance & Real Estate / Legal / Leisure & Entertainment / Rail /

Renewable Energy / Sport / Technical / Tourism & Travel /

Translation Studies / Wine

The other four sections of useful links and resources for translators and interpreters on separate pages are:

general dictionaries and glossaries

writing-related resources

translation-related tools and links

other links of interest

Last updated February 2023


  1. Art & Architecture Thesaurus Online The Getty Research Institute
  2. Art and Popular Culture Encyclopaedia
  3. Art in Translation translated articles on Taylor & Francis Online
  4. CAMEO Conservation & Art Materials Encyclopedia Online – Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  5. Europeana EU web portal containing digitalised museum collections of over 3,000 European institutions
  6. Getty Search Gateway
  7. Glosario Gráfico es-ca-en-fr-it-pt
  8. Google Cultural Institute
  9. MetPublications The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  10. MoMA Art Terms Museum of Modern Art, New York
  11. MoMA Exhibition History Museum of Modern Art, New York
  12. MoMA The Collection Museum of Modern Art, New York
  13. WikiArt the encyclopedia of painting

Business & Trade

  1. Business Dictionary British and American English

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Construction & Architecture

  1. About Dams The British Dam Society
  2. Art & Architecture Thesaurus Online The Getty Research Institute
  3. Carreteros detailed info on roads in Spanish
  4. Construpedia includes ca-es-en dictionary
  5. Diccionario de Arquitectura y Construcción
  6. Dictionary of Military Architecture
  7. Glosario para Ingenieros Civiles es-en
  8. Mortar and ETICS Dictionary several languages
  9. Paving Expert A Guide to Paving, Drainage & Hard-Landscaping
  10. Términos de Carreteras es only

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Copywriting & Publishing

  1. 140 Key Copyediting Terms and What They Mean by ThoughtCo.
  2. A Handy Author Glossary of publishing and marketing terms by Shelf Help
  3. AWAI’s Ultimate Glossary of Copywriting Terms and Direct-Response Definitions
  4. Publishing Glossary by The Editorial Department
  5. Publishing Glossary by WritersServices


  1. Glosario de Educación Física
  2. Glosario de Pedagogía
  3. The Glossary of Education Reform Great Schools Partnership (US)

Environment & Earth Science

  1. Climate Change Glossary ca-gl-es-en-it-fr-ro-pt
  2. Earth and Environment Glossaries
  3. GEMET Thesaurus General Multilingual Environmental Thesaurus
  4. Geology Dictionary and Earth Science Terms and Definitions
  5. Glosario de Geología RACEFN
  6. Glosario de GreenFacts es-en/fr
  7. Glossary – European Environment Agency
  8. Orchid Species Glossary site compiled by Jay Pfahl
  9. Partial Glossary of Spanish Geological Terms by US Department of the Interior
  10. Soil Mechanics
  11. Vocabulario Forestal gl-es-en
  12. World Reference Base for Soil Resources

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Fashion & Textiles

  1. Glossary of Pattern Design by Artlandia
  2. The Vogue Fashion Glossary A-Z



  1. Deloitte’s IAS Plus website
  2. Diccionario Económico es only
  3. Dictionary of Banking (UBS) en-de-fr-it
  4. Financial Times Lexicon
  5. Glossary of Economics and Trade (Babel Linguistics Inc) en-es
  6. Glossary of IFRS Terms Wiley Online Library
  7. Glossary of Stock Market Terms (Nasdaq)
  8. IFRS Glossary International Financial Reporting Standards
  9. IMF (International Monetary Fund) glossaries: en and ar, de, es, fr, ja, pt, ru, zh
  10. Investopedia en only
  11. LinguaFin multilingual financial termbase (subscription only)
  12. Money Terms: investment & finance explained
  13. World Bank Glossary en-es, es-en (PDF)
  14. World Bank Glossary en-fr, fr-en (PDF)

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Food & Agriculture

  1. The Cook’s Thesaurus cooking encyclopedia
  2. Diccionario Culinario
  3. Dictionary of dressings and sauces
  4. EFSA Glossary European Food Safety Authority
  5. FAO Term Portal Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  6. Food Glossary Foods and Wines from Spain

Health & Medical

  1. AccessMedicine subscription-based medical content
  2. APA Dictionary of Psychology
  3. Common Medical Abbreviations and Acronyms List
  4. Cosnautas Resources for medical translators and writers, including several dictionaries
  5. Diccionario de Términos de Salud Español Inglés edited by Liliana Osorio
  6. Dictionary of Health Related Terms English-Spanish edited by Liliana Osorio
  7. English-Spanish Dictionary of Health Related Terms California-Mexico Health Initiative
  8. MedTerms Medical Dictionary
  9. Wordscope Health

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Humanities and Social Sciences

  1. Glosario de Psicología
  2. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
  3. Oxford Classical Dictionary (subscription required)
  4. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
  5. Términos Estadísticos

Information and Communications Technology

  1. Microsoft Terminology Search multiple languages
  2. Technopedia technology dictionary (comprehensive computer dictionary)
  3. Terminology of Telecommunications including links to other useful resources
  4. Webopedia online computer and Internet terms dictionary
  5. IT encyclopedia

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Insurance & Real Estate

  1. Diccionario Mapfre de Seguros es-en
  2. Glossary of Insurance and Risk Management Terms
  3. Lloyd’s Glossary of insurance-related terms
  4. Real Estate Glossary


  1. Definición Legal
  2. Enciclopedia jurídica
  3. EUR-Lex Access to European Union Law
  4. LawInsider contract database and search engine. Search clauses, contracts and the dictionary (US English)
  5. Summaries of EU Legislation
  6. Wordscope Legal
  7. World Law Dictionary currently English only but translations into other languages will be added ($9 per month)

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Leisure & Entertainment

  1. Glossary of Filmographic Terms FIAF (International Federation of Film Archives)
  1. Concrete Terminology Giatec
  2. Diccionario de la Real Academia de Ingeniería
  3. Diccionario politécnico de las lenguas española e inglesa, Volume 1
  4. Diccionario técnico: inglés-español
  5. Dicionário técnico inglês-português
  6. DIN-TERM Online de-en-fr-pl
  7. Electropedia: The World’s Online Electrotechnical Vocabulary – several languages
  8. Engineering Definitions by EPC Engineer
  9. French-English Glossary of Naval Technology by Steve Dyson
  10. Glossary of Automotive Terminology en-es by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)
  11. Glossary of Labelling Terms ASL Accurate Systems Labelling
  12. HVAC Dictionary several languages by REHVA
  13. HVAC Glossary of Terms
  14. Indoor Air Quality Glossary
  15. Industry Terms by EIC (Energy Industries Council)
  16. International System of Units NIST reference
  17. Multilingual Chemical Terminology ECHA
  18. OBP Online Browsing Platform of ISO standards
  19. Pulp and Paper Dictionary
  20. Red Eléctrica de España – Glosario/Glossary 2 glossaries, one in English and the other in Spanish
  21. Terminologia UPCTERM ca-en-es-fr

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