The Glossary is your Reference for Proper Terminology


The Glossary is used to inform your translators how to translate specific terminology for your project.

Video Tutorial

View this short video to get an overview of the Glossary and its features.

The Glossary feature is designed to give you a way to identify key terminology in your source language and communicate how you want that terminology to be translated in your target languages.

When you add a glossary term, you will be prompted to add the precise translation for each language. You can also add context for the glossary term. This is helpful when you are ordering translations for your glossary.

Keep in mind that the "translation" of a glossary term may be the same as the source term. This is typically the case for company and product names.



Glossary entries are case-sensitive, so you may need to add multiple versions of a glossary term to cover all forms of a glossary entry that might be found in your phrases. For example:

  • ACME Company
  • Acme Company
    You would need to create 2 glossary entries with their own translations.

Filtering by Language

Selecting a specific language will show translations for the selected language.

Filtering by "Translated By"

You can use one or more of the many filters in the "Translated By" filter, including translated by machine, translated by any human, or translated by a specific human.

Any glossary terms in your phrases listing

Example Use Cases


Example Use Case: Homonyms

Consider the term “drive” with its multiple meanings. "Drive" can describe the operation of a motor vehicle or a computer device that stores data. It's important for translators to know what the term means to you and your business. The example below includes the context for "drive" and the correct translation in Spanish:

When your translator pulls up a phrase containing a glossary term and clicks the edit button, they'll be presented with the glossary entry text. The glossary will also be provided to translators when ordering translations from your Orders Page.


Example Use Case: Brand/Company Name

Another use for the Glossary is to ensure that company or brand names don't get translated incorrectly. For example, if you want the term "Acme Company" to always be translated as "Acme Company", you just need to enter that as the translation in the glossary for each language. When your translator pulls up a phrase containing this term and clicks the edit button, this is what your translator will see.


Google Glossary Sync

If you are using the Google Machine Translation Engine (MTE) to have your content translated instead of by humans, then you can take advantage of this advanced feature. Read more here...

View Phrases with a Glossary Term

To find and view phrases that contain a specific Glossary term, simply click the View Phrases link for that term.

This will bring you to the Phrases page, and will display phrases that contain that Glossary entry.

Note that all glossary entries will be highlighted in the source language phrases, making it easier for translators to find those phrases. You can also hover over a highlighted glossary entry to see its translation.

NOTE: Glossary terms are specific to each Project. They cannot be applied from one project to another other than by using the import/export features.


Included with Human Translation Orders

The Glossary is sent along with your translation orders. By eliminating uncertainty in the translation process, the Glossary enforces consistency, shortens the time it takes to translate a document and reduces the overall cost of translations over time.

Import/Export Glossary Terms

You can import and export your Glossary terms to a file format of your choice. This is handy for copying your glossary from one project to another, or if you have a large number of terms that you'd like to import into your project.

You can see detailed instructions for importing and exporting here.

Export Specific Glossary Terms

If you want to export only specific glossary terms, you can select individual terms, or select all terms using the checkboxes next to the terms. Then click the Export button.

Then select a file format from the list.

Provide a name for the exported file, and select a location to save the file.

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