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Foreign Language Dictionaries

Knowing the exact translation of a phrase or a document can be important in legal matters. Jenkins offers a variety of foreign language dictionaries, including French/English, German/English, Spanish/English, and more.

Tip: To find translation or interpretation services specializing in the legal sector, try the Philadelphia Legal Directory.

Tip: For a quick translation, internet resources like Google Translate or BabelFish may be helpful.

Tip: This guide focuses on materials available at Jenkins. Public libraries, like the Free Library of Philadelphia, and academic libraries often have a larger collection of dictionaries, thesauri, and other reference materials. Academic libraries may have access restrictions and we recommend contacting them before visiting for their most up-to-date policy information.

French/English Dictionaries

Cassell's French Dictionary: French-English, English-French Macmillan

  • Location: AG25 .N4 1977 (General Collection)
  • Note: Library has ©1981.

Dahl's Law Dictionary: French to English/English to French William S. Hein & Co.

  • Location: K52.F7 D35 2007 (General Collection)
  • Note: Library has ©2007.

Elsevier's Dictionary of Criminal Science in Eight Languages Elsevier

  • Electronic Access: HeinOnline via Jenkinslaw.org (Membership resource, available to most Jenkins members)
  • Note: Library has electronic access to ©1960 on HeinOnline.
  • HeinOnline Source Trail: From Browse Databases by Name, select Spinelli's Law Library Reference Shelf > Dictionaries > Elsevier's Dictionary of Criminal Science; in Eight Languages
  • Note: Includes English/American, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, and German.

West's Law and Commercial Dictionary in Five Languages West

  • Location: K54 .W47 1985 (General Collection)
  • Note: Library has ©1985.
  • Note: English to: German, Spanish, French, Italian.

German/English Dictionaries

Cassell's German-English, English-German Dictionary Macmillan

  • Location: AG27 .B47 1978 (General Collection)
  • Note: Library has Revised (1978) edition.

Elsevier's Dictionary of Criminal Science in Eight Languages Elsevier

  • Electronic Access: HeinOnline via Jenkinslaw.org (Membership resource, available to most Jenkins members)
  • Note: Library has electronic access to ©1960 on HeinOnline.
  • HeinOnline Source Trail: From Browse Collections by Name, select Spinelli's Law Library Reference Shelf > Dictionaries > Elsevier's Dictionary of Criminal Science; in Eight Languages
  • Note: Includes English/American, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, and German.

Legal Dictionary Oceana Publications

  • Location: K52 .G47 1971 (General Collection)
  • Note: Library has 2nd (1971, ©1954) edition.
  • Note: Pt.I. English-German -- Pt.II. German-English.

West's Law and Commercial Dictionary in Five Languages West

  • Location: K54 .W47 1985 (General Collection)
  • Note: Library has ©1985.
  • Note: English to: German, Spanish, French, Italian.

Russian/English Dictionaries

Dictionary of Business & Legal Terms: Russian-English/English-Russian Hippocrene Books

  • Location: K52.R8 D43 1995 (General Collection)
  • Note: Library has ©1995.

Russian-English Legal Dictionary and Bibliographic Sources for Russian Law in English Simmonds& Hill

  • Location: K52.R8 B87 2001 (General Collection)
  • Note: Library has ©2001.

Spanish/English Dictionaries

The ABA Spanish Legal Phrasebook ABA

  • Location: K52.S6 W37 2010 (General Collection)
  • Note: Library has ©2010.

Collins Spanish English, English Spanish Dictionary HarperCollins

  • Location: AG61 .S6 1993 (General Collection)
  • Note: Library has 3rd (1993) edition.

Dahl's Law Dictionary: Spanish-English/English-Spanish W.S. Hein

  • Location: K52.S6 D34 2015 (General Collection)
  • Note: Library has 6th (2015) edition.

Elsevier's Dictionary of Criminal Science in Eight Languages Elsevier

  • Electronic Access: HeinOnline via Jenkinslaw.org (Membership resource, available to most Jenkins members)
  • Note: Library has electronic access to ©1960 on HeinOnline.
  • HeinOnline Source Trail: From Browse Collections by Name, select Spinelli's Law Library Reference Shelf > Dictionaries > Elsevier's Dictionary of Criminal Science; in Eight Languages
  • Note: Includes English/American, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, and German.

West's Law and Commercial Dictionary in Five Languages West

  • Location: K54 .W47 1985 (General Collection)
  • Note: Library has ©1985.
  • Note: English to: German, Spanish, French, Italian.

More & Multi-Language Foreign Language Dictionaries

Cassell's Latin Dictionary: Latin-English, English-Latin Macmillan

  • Location: AG35.5 .C3 1977 (General Collection)
  • Note: Library has 5th (1968) edition.

Glossary of Commercial and Business Legal Terms in English, Chinese, Japanese Musheng International Pub.

  • Location: K54 .C43 1996 (General Collection)
  • Note: Library has ©1996.

Elsevier's Dictionary of Criminal Science in Eight Languages Elsevier

  • Electronic Access: HeinOnline via Jenkinslaw.org (Membership resource, available to most Jenkins members)
  • Note: Library has electronic access to ©1960 on HeinOnline.
  • HeinOnline Source Trail: From Browse Collections by Name, select Spinelli's Law Library Reference Shelf > Dictionaries > Elsevier's Dictionary of Criminal Science; in Eight Languages
  • Note: Includes English/American, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, and German.

West's Law and Commercial Dictionary in Five Languages West

  • Location: K54 .W47 1985 (General Collection)
  • Note: Library has ©1985.
  • Note: English to: German, Spanish, French, Italian.

Historic Foreign Language Dictionaries (pre-1950)

French Dictionaries:

A Dictionary of the Norman or Old French Language [Norman Dictionary] Publisher varies

  • Location: K52.F7 .K4 1843 (Rare Books)
  • Note: Library has 1843 and 1779 printings.
  • Note: Also referred to as Norman Dictionary.

Dictionnaire de la langue fran̨caise contenant Hachette

  • Location: AG25.L5 1882 (Rare Books)
  • Note: Library has 1882 printing.

Dictionnaire juridique : Anglais-Francais et Francais-Anglais Rousseau

  • Location: K52.F7 F4 1927 (Rare Books)
  • Note: Library has 1927 printing.

The French-English Dictionary of Legal and Commercial Terms Stevens & Sons

  • Location: K52.F7 O48 1925 (Rare Books)
  • Note: Library has 1925 printing.

A French-English Dictionary of Legal Words and Phrases Stevens and Sons

  • Location: K52.F7 W54 1911 (Rare Books)
  • Note: Library has 1911 printing.

The Law-French Dictionary Alphabetically Digested Publisher varies

  • Location: K52.F7 .L37 1718 (Rare Books)
  • Note: Library has 2nd (1718) and 1701 editions.
  • Note: Includes the Law-Latin Dictionary.

A New Dictionary of the French and English Languages Librairie Garnier Frères

  • Location: AG25 .C55 1905 (Rare Books)
  • Note: Library has printing circa 1905.

The Royal Dictionary Abridged Publisher unknown

  • Location: AG25 .B6 (Rare Books)
  • Note: Library has undated printing.

Germanic Dictionaries:

New Complete Dictionary of the English and Dutch Languages, in Two Parts H.C.A. Campagne & Zoon

Thieme-Preusser: A New and Complete Critical Dictionary of the English and German Languages Haendcke & Lehmkuhl

  • Location: AG27 .T45 1883 (Rare Books)
  • Note: Library has 1883 and 1846 printings.

Latin Dictionaries:

A Compendious Dictionary of the Latin Tongue: Designed for the Use of the British Nation [Ainsworth's Dictionary] Publisher varies

Cassell's Latin Dictionary (Latin-English and English-Latin) Cassell and Co.

  • Location: AG35.5 .C3 1899 (Rare Books)
  • Note: Library has 1899 printing.

Entick's New Latin-English Dictionary Printer for J. Mawman

  • Location: AG35.5 .E5 1811 (Rare Books)
  • Note: Library has 1811 printing.

Harpers' Latin Dictionary American Book Co.

  • Location: AG35.5 .H3 1879 (Rare Books)
  • Note: Library has print access to 1879 printing.
  • Electronic Access: LLMC Digital via Jenkinslaw.org (Membership resource, available to all Jenkins members)
  • Note: Library has electronic access to Rev., enl. (1907) printing on LLMC.
  • LLMC Source Trail: From Search Collections, select Special Focus Collections > Canon Law Collection > Canon Law, Bibliog./Ref. (alpha order) > Lewis/Short's New Latin Dictionary

The Law-French Dictionary Alphabetically Digested Publisher varies

  • Location: K52.F7 .L37 1718 (Rare Books)
  • Note: Library has 2nd (1718) and 1701 editions.
  • Note: Includes the Law-Latin Dictionary.

A New Dictionary in Five Alphabets [Cambridge Dictionary] Printed for W. Rawlins

  • Location: AG35.5 .L5 1693 (Rare Books)
  • Note: Library has 1693 printing.
  • Note: Also referred to as Cambridge Dictionary.

Totius Latinitatis Lexicon Sumptibus Baldwin et Cradock

  • Location: AG35.5.F6 1828 (Rare Books)
  • Note: Library has 1828 printing.

Scandinavian Dictionaries:

Burt's Danish-Norwegian-English Dictionary in Two Parts A.L. Burt

  • Location: AG41 .B8 (Rare Books)
  • Note: Library has undated printing.

Burt's Swedish-English Dictionary in Two Parts A.L. Burt Company

  • Location: AG45 .B8 (Rare Books)
  • Note: Library has undated printing.

Spanish Dictionaries:

A Pronouncing Dictionary of the Spanish and English Languages D. Appleton

  • Location: AG61 .V4 1901 (Rare Books)
  • Note: Library has 1901 printing.

Spanish-English and English-Spanish Commercial Dictionary Sir I. Pitman & Sons

  • Location: HF1002 M135 1915 (Rare Books)
  • Note: Library has 1915 printing.

Other Dictionaries:

A Dictionary of the Anglo-Saxon Language Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longman

  • Location: AG1 .B6 1838 (Rare Books)
  • Note: Library has 1838 printing.

English-Hungarian Dictionary Szabadság

  • Location: AG31 .B5 (Rare Books)
  • Note: Library has undated printing.

A Greek and English Dictionary J.H. Wilkins & R.B. Carter and Lewis & Sampson

  • Location: AG29 .G7 1843 (Rare Books)
  • Note: Library has 1843 printing.

A New Dictionary of the Italian and English Languages [Baretti's Italian Dictionary] Whittaker

  • Location: AG35 .B3 1854 (Rare Books)
  • Note: Library has 1854 printing.
  • Note: Also referred to as Baretti's Italian Dictionary.

Technological Dictionary in the English, Spanish, German, and French Languages A. Romo

  • Location: T10 H887 1906 (Rare Books)
  • Note: Library has 1906 printing.

Other Foreign Language Resources

A Manual of European Languages for Librarians Bowker-Saur

  • Location: P380 .A4 1999 (General Collection)
  • Note: Library has 2nd (1999) edition.

World Dictionary of Foreign Expressions: A Resource for Readers and Writers Bolchazy-Carducci

  • Location: PE1582.A3 A33 1999 (General Collection)
  • Note: Library has ©1999.