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Coptic Dictionary Online

Coptic Dictionary Online

The Coptic Dictionary Online aims to make it easy to look up Coptic words in all dialects and supply freely accessible translations in English, French and German, via human and machine readable interfaces. To learn more about using this dictionary, check out our quick how-to guide.

This project was made possible through the help of the following:

Lexicon preparation

The new Comprehensive Coptic Lexicon is a combination of two parts: the BBAW Lexicon of Coptic Egyptian of the project Strukturen und Transformationen des Wortschatzes der ägyptischen Sprache at the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Berlin, Germany, which includes etymologically Egyptian lexemes of Coptic, and the DDGLC Lexicon of Greek Loanwords in Coptic of the project Database and Dictionary of Greek Loanwords in Coptic at the Ägyptologisches Seminar, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. Both projects are led by Prof. Tonio Sebastian Richter. The following people mainly contributed to compiling the lexical data:

  • Dylan M. Burns (DDGLC)
  • Frank Feder (BBAW, AdWG)
  • Katrin John (DDGLC)
  • Maxim Kupreyev (BBAW)


  • Mathew Almond, Sina Becker, Marc Brose, Sonja Dahlgren, Julien Delhez, Anne Grons, Joost Hagen, Jakob Höper, Mariana Jung, Elisabeth Koch, Lena Krastel, Frederic Krueger, Jan Moje, Franziska Naether, Anne Sörgel, Nina Speranskaja, Gunnar Sperveslage, Vincent Walter, Alberto Winterberg.

Each lexicon entry has a stable Thesaurus Linguae Aegyptiae (TLA) ID no.

TEI XML compliant data files of the lexica are published under a CC BY-SA 4.0 license at DOI 10.17169/refubium-2333.

Search interface

The search interface was designed at Georgetown University as part of the project KELLIA by:

  • Emma Manning
  • Amir Zeldes



Reporting issues / contributing

For issues regarding dictionary content or the interface, please use our Issue Tracker and choose the appropriate template to report your issue.

How to cite this page

Coptic Dictionary Online, ed. by the Koptische/Coptic Electronic Language and Literature International Alliance (KELLIA), (accessed yyyy-mm-dd).

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