Definitio – Diccionario español (Free) by Andrés Sedano and Arturo Martín is a beautiful Spanish dictionary for your iPhone.
The last time I learned Spanish was a couple of years back in high school – the good ol’ days (not really). Anyways, I stumbled across a gorgeous app for those that may need a Spanish dictionary around. The app is called Definitio, and it’s completely free.
After being greeted with a beautiful splash screen, you’ll be taken to the dictionary. Along the bottom is a four button toolbar. The options include dictionary source, font size, bookmarks, and email.
On the initial launch, there will be four words for you to choose from to get you started. If you already have a word in mind, Definitio allows you to simply enter it in the search bar at the top. If you want the random word suggestions again, simply shake the device.
The best part about the app is probably the source of dictionaries available. You can choose from four options: Real Academia Española (RAE) definitions, Synonysm, Panhispanic, and Verbs conjugation. Each has its own purpose, and I’m sure that they are all useful whenever you need them. If there are multiple entries for a word, they will be identified and organized in order of importance. Verb conjugations will be organized in the various tenses.
When you view a word, you can bookmark it for future reference by simply tapping on the bookmark icon in the corner. Doing this will place a nice, big red ribbon on the word, and it will be accessible via the Bookmarks toolbar option. Tapping the ribbon again will remove the word. Tapping on the email button will copy and paste the word and whatever entry you have selected into the message body.
In its current state, Definitio is a beautiful and nifty app for those that need it. The free price tag certainly helps. However, there were a few little things that I wasn’t sure if it was a glitch or meant to be that way.
First, if your iPhone attempts to autocorrect you, you can’t tap the ‘x’ to dismiss the spelling suggestion. I’ve tried multiple attempts to no avail. I had to type an extra letter and then delete it for the spelling to go through. Second, you can’t tap the top status bar to scroll back to the top if you’ve been reading through a lot of text. These are essential features that every other app seems to have, so I hope to see it in Definitio in the future too. Again, not sure if that’s a glitch or meant to be that way.
For what it’s worth, Definitio is definitely an app you should check out if you’ve been in need of a Spanish dictionary. It looks great, has a delicious icon, and is free, what more reason do you need to check it out?