IsiXhosa.click is an online dictionary for IsiXhosa and English. The project aims to create a free, open-source, and easily usable dictionary for learners of isiXhosa.


To search for a word, start typing either the English or the IsiXhosa word in the search bar to show live search results. You can click on a word to find more information about the word, such as examples and related words. The dictionary currently has ⁨2047⁩ entries. You can also download the words as an Anki flashcard deck.

Submitting edits

If you'd like to help the project, submitting new words and editing old ones would be greatly appreciated! First, you will need to create an account with the site. To do so, click the Sign in with Google button in the top right. From your Google account, IsiXhosa.click will only record your email, in order for the team to email you about any issues regarding your account or the site, and your Google OpenID Connect ID, to identify you when you log in.

Terms of use and privacy policy

The terms of use and privacy policy of IsiXhosa.click are currently available here.


This section is a simple explanation of the license terms of IsiXhosa.click and in no way should be considered as legal advice. Please check the licenses linked below for the full terms and conditions.

The database of IsiXhosa.click is licensed under the Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution ShareAlike License. This ensures that the information of the dictionary is freely usable by all, as long as appropriate credit is given, and edits are also released under this license. Similarly, the software is licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License Version 3.

In simple terms, it means that you are free to

  • copy
  • reuse
  • redistribute
  • edit
  • and build upon
the information and software of the dictionary, so long as you
  • give credit (for instance by providing a link)
  • indicate if changes have been made
  • distribute the edited version under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license

The source code is available from its GitHub repository, and the database of words, examples, and linked words is available on GitHub. The logo, designed by Jaydon Walters, is available under CC-BY-SA 4.0 in original resolution here.


Thank you to the following people, without whom this project would not have been possible:

  • Tim Low, for graciously allowing us to reproduce his isiXhosa statistics glossary on the site. Almost all entries relating to statistics are from there. We are currently working on a better way to attribute these words individually, but for now they should say "stats glossary" in the notes field.
  • Dr Tessa Dowling, for her guidance and many corrections.
  • Alexandra Bryant, for allowing us to use the glossary at the back of her excellent book "Xhosa for Second-Language Learners".
  • Cuan Dugmore, for giving us permission to use his word lists containing thousands of words that he has collected over the years.
  • The UCT Department of Computer Science, for hosting the site's server.
  • Craig Balfour, for his assistance in setting up the server at UCT.