SEAlang Library Indonesian Dictionary
About the SEAlang Library Indonesian Resources 
SEAlang's Indonesian dictionary is based on A Comprehensive Indonesian-English Dictionary, Second Edition, by Alan M. Stevens and A. Ed. Schmidgall-Tellings.  Published in 2010 by the Ohio University Press, this dictionary is used with their permission.*
    Stevens2010 is a remarkable work.  Weighing in at 1,103 pages, it includes just under 50,000 heads, 33,000 derived forms, and more than 73,000 phrases and examples (some 10,000 of which form our bitext corpus).  There are about 24,000 etymological references alone, with Dutch (7,000+), Javanese (nearly 4,000), and Arabic (about 3,000) topping the list. 
    Like other Austronesian languages, Indonesian consists mostly of lemmas (that is, dictionary headwords) have been prefixed, suffixed, or reduplicated (lemmas, unlike roots, can generally stand alone).  Traditionally, all forms are listed under the lemma, which can make it difficult to find unfamiliar words.  This search tool uses a variety of techniques to automatically find useful information, including this confix stripping lemmatizer (special thanks to Jelita Asian).
Please note the alternatives for display on the left (try with "anak"):
-- show self only shows the headword or derived form that matched.
-- show self/parent shows the lemma of the (derived) form as well.
-- show family shows the lemma and all derived forms.

Searches may:
-- match a single character with ?, and zero or more with *. Thus, ca?in matches cabin, while ca*in matches cabin, campin, capelin, and captain.
-- require matches for both, or either, Indonesian text (of the headword), or English text (in the definition).
-- be limited to a particular etymology, usage, type, or subject.
Predictive completion    Dictionary heads will appear as you type.  Short lists will include multi-word entries and examples (compare kan to kanc).
Lemmatization and "smart" search    To help locate phrases and derivatives, search will automatically:
-- search examples for an instance of the word if it isn't found in a head (try bukunya).
-- next, lemmatize the word, and search for the root (try bukumulah).
-- In case of a multi-word phrase, we automatically search examples, then search for the phrase as a list of separate words, then search for the list of roots.
The English search term can be expanded (default) to include inflected forms (a search for sing matches sings, singing, sang, sung as well).
Stevens2010 is distinguished by its extremely large number of example phrases and sentences.  Frequently, a given word may appear in examples under other heads -- the more common the word, the more likely this is to occur.  Examples from the current word (generally grouped by specific sense) are called local, while those found under other words are called remote.
    We always return all local and remote examples -- it's up to you to decide what to view.  By default, examples are hidden at first because there are so many.  Because Indonesian has many homonyms, remote examples won't always be relevant.  Search for anak and you'll see what we mean.

Copyright notice
* Copyright 2004, 2010 Ohio University Press.  This text is used by permission of Alan Stevens and the OUP.