Seems like a lot of answers refer to dictionary definitions that are far more comprehensive than whatever results Google is pushing. I've also seen a few links to RAE publications that I don't seem to be able to follow. (I assume they are behind a paywall of some sort, but it may be something I'm doing wrong.) Also, it would make sense that the most authoritative resources would be in Spanish, but since some of us are trying to learn Spanish ourselves, it would be helpful to have English resources as well. (Assuming they are available.)

What publicly-available resources ought I consult when asking or answering questions here?

Answers should be community wiki, perhaps the whole question with answers should be. In any case the #1 resource though it has its flaws is the official Dictionary of the Real Academia Españiol followed by other publications of the RAE including the Diccionario panhispánico de dudas. They are both online. – hippietrail Nov 23 '11 at 0:32
@hippietrail: I think community wiki is even less useful on this meta than it is on the main site. Nobody will gain or lose any reputation and most participants here will get edit privileges soon enough. But I suppose it doesn't hurt either... – Jon Ericson Nov 23 '11 at 0:50
I thought resource recommendatations are off-topic SE-network wide (even on meta, unfortunately). – Richard Nov 28 '11 at 21:53
Community wiki does have the advantage of allowing lower-rep users to edit the questions. – Richard Nov 28 '11 at 21:54
@Richard: Really? That's certainly news to me. – Jon Ericson Nov 28 '11 at 21:58
I could be wrong, but I've gotten my wrist slapped for it before. :\ – Richard Nov 28 '11 at 22:17
@Richard That's not so much the advantage as it is the intent of Community Wiki. As for the topicality of this question, I'm inclined to let this one slide since it is geared towards the users of the community (rather than the world at large) and a fair amount of the issues with bad recommendations don't apply to Meta sites. There are all sorts of "itemized lists" on Meta sites all around, all for site management and operation. This feels in line with that. – Grace Note Dec 7 '11 at 18:43

Some resources I know of:

  1. The typical resource to get authoritative meanings of Spanish words is the Dictionary of the RAE. To look for a definition (and also useful when writing the url in questions and answers) of some word, namely wordToSearch, you can just type:

  2. Diccionario panhispánico de dudas de la RAE

  3. Diccionario de americanismos de la RAE

  4. Diccionario de Dudas y Dificultades de la Lengua Española, de Manuel Seco

  5. Mapa de diccionarios de la RAE: consulta simultáneamente seis ediciones representativas del diccionario académico: 1780, 1817, 1884, 1925, 1992 y 2001.

  6. To get examples of the use of words (English or Spanish), you can use linguee.

  7. Another good resource is

  8. Diccionario Etimológico en


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