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This page gives a brief visual guide to Geirfan, using labelled images to explain how information is organized in the dictionary entries, and what various symbols mean.
A numbered image of a navigation
    bar. The numbered items are as follows: 1 - the main site icon; 2 - the
    search bar; 3 - the search button; 4 - four navigation buttons for the home page, about page,
    guide, and index.
  1. The site icon. Clicking or tapping this icon will return you to the home page.
  2. The search bar. Type a Welsh word into this box to search for it in the dictionary.
  3. The search button. Click or tap to start your search.
  4. Navigation icons. Icons which will take you to the homepage, the about page, the guide, and the index.
A numbered image of a dictionary headword. The numbered items are as follows: 5 - the audio play button; 6 - the icon for
    a tooltop; 7 - the icon for a warning note; 8 - a yellow triangle icon.
  1. The play button. Click/tap to play an audio clip of the headword.
  2. A tooltip. Click/tap to open up some helpful information about the adjacent item. (Click/tap anywhere on the page to close the tooltip again).
  3. A cautionary note. This icon indicates a note warning you about common errors or confusions.
  4. The headword's difficulty rating. The triangle icon relates to the colour-coding system used by the National Centre for Learning Welsh. The ratings given to the right of the triangle are those of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and the National Centre for Learning Welsh
A numbered image of the dictionary headword 'tŷ'. The numbered items
    are as follows: 9 and 10 - audio play buttons labelled with the letters 'S' and 'N'; 11 - an
    approximate pronunciation guide; 12 - a pronunciation guide using the International Phonetic
  1. Southern Wales play button. Click/tap to hear a southern pronunciation of the headword.
  2. Northern Wales play button. Click/tap to hear a northern pronunciation of the headword.
  3. Approximate pronunciation guide. These are approximate guides to pronunciation, using English spelling conventions. The sounds of Welsh cannot all be represented using English spelling, however, so these guides are very rough and should not be used as a substitute for listening to the audio and using the IPA transcriptions below.
  4. International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcription(s). The tooltip for each IPA transcription contains a link to Wikipedia's page about the IPA.
A numbered image of two dictionary senses. The numbered items
    are as follows: 13a - the part of speech label 'adjective'; 13b - the part of speech label
    'adverb'; 14a - a numbered definition; 14b - an unnumbered definition; 15a - a usage label
    preceding a definition explaining how the headword is used in combination with another word; 15b
    - a usage label which reads 'slang'; 16 - a note following the definition, explaining
    the contexts in which this sense occurs.
  1. (a & b) Part-of-speech sections. Every dictionary entry contains at least one part-of-speech section. These are represented in separate containers.
  2. (a & b) Definitions. Definitions are numbered (14a) when a part-of-speech section contains more than one main sense. They are unnumbered (14b) when there is only one main sense.
  3. (a & b) Usage labels. These labels store information such as how the headword is used with other words (15a) or what kind of linguistic style it belongs to (15b).
  4. Further details. A note following the defintion, giving information about aspects of this sense such as contexts in which it can occur, or topics with which it is often associated.
A numbered image of a dictionary entry's extra information
    box. There is one numbered item: 17 - labelling one of the dropdown menu items.
  1. Extra information menu. This section appears at the end of most entries, and contains further information about the headword. The arrows at the left of each menu item will expand the relevant section if you click/tap them.
A numbered image of an extra information box for headword
          'glas', labelled 'glas in use'. The numbered items are: 18 - the heading for the usage
          information; 19 - a hyperlinked word within the usage information text.
  1. "In use" infobox. "In use" boxes describe some interesting feature of the headword as it is used in modern Welsh.
  2. Linked word. If a keyword in the discussion has a dictionary entry, it will be hyperlinked to that entry..
A numbered image of an extra information box labelled
          'phrases and idioms'. The numbered items are: 20 - the heading 'compounds'; 21 - the heading
          'idioms and phrases'.
  1. Compounds. Compound terms that feature the headword.
  2. Idioms and phrases. A list of Welsh idioms and phrases which feature the headword.
A numbered image of an extra information box labelled
          'roots and relatives'. The numbered items are: 22 - the heading 'roots'; 23 - the heading
          'connections'; 24 - the heading
          'family'; 25 - the headings
          'synonyms' and
  1. Roots. Information about the headword's etymology.
  2. Connections and Family. Words which share a root with the headword. "Family" lists Welsh words, while "Connections" lists words in a variety of languages.
  3. Topics and Themes. Welsh words that share a semantic field, or area of meaning, with the headword.
  4. Synonyms ac Antonyms. Welsh words with similar or opposite meaning to the headword.
A numbered image of an extra information box for the
          headword 'coch' labelled
          'forms of coch'. The numbered items are: 26 - a section detailing mutations of the headword; 27
          - an informational paragraph explaining the use of the plural form of the headword.
  1. "Forms of..." - forms section. A section listing various forms of the headword, such as mutations, plurals, genders, and so on.
  2. "Forms of..." - information note. Sometimes, it is useful to add a note explaining some difficult or unexpected aspect of the headword forms.