Gaelic dictionaries on Kindle

We’re asked from time to time about Gaelic dictionaries for Kindles so you can look up words while reading. Unfortunately, in a nutshell, the answer is no…

In theory, there is a way to add a new dictionary to a Kindle but that would require someone to spend a lot of time to write a dictionary in XML format that works on Kindle. We pondered this the first time we were asked this back in 2015 but we decided that it would cost too much time and that there were too many unanswered questions around IP, sustainability and maintenance to make this feasible. And indeed, for some reason, the .mobi format that was recommended to use back then seems to have died a death. There are just now guarantees that anything not sanctioned/created by Amazon is going to be there the next day and that’s too big a risk.

So unfortunately, the answer is that there is no Gaelic dictionary for Kindles and there’s not likely going to be one. It’s a little more cumbersome but we recommend keeping the Faclair Beag open in a browser window and just flicking between windows when reading.

3 thoughts on “Gaelic dictionaries on Kindle

  • 30 January 2019 at 4:24 pm

    The Essential Gaelic Dictionary and Colin Mark’s Gaelic-English Dictionary are available for kindle, but these are books as opposed to built-in dictionaries.

  • 19 May 2022 at 1:31 am

    How can I get the Irish language on the translator on my Kindle?

    • 19 May 2022 at 8:43 am

      I’m not sure there is one, we’re generally only looking at Scottish Gaelic tools but perhaps someone else will know, so keep this comment up by all means, a charaid.


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