Academic Room Sanskrit Dictionary is a premium Sanskrit to English dictionary app developed in the Harvard Innovation Lab.

Its massive database provides over one million definitions derived from classical Sanskrit dictionaries by Monier-Williams, Apte, and Macdonell. In addition, references from dhatu-patha (a collection of verbal roots with final forms) are also provided, when available.

All words can be searched using a Devanagari keyboard. Once downloaded, the app does not require internet access to operate.

This dictionary requires a Devanagari keyboard, which can be installed from your device's Settings app.

Go to:
Settings > General > International > Keyboards > Add New Keyboard > Hindi

Special thanks to the faculty in Harvard's Department of South Asian Studies for their encouragement and support during the app's development.

Key Features:
- Beautiful user interface and design
- Uses iOS' easy to use Devanagari keyboard
- Partial word search - enter half words in Sanskrit and obtain top 100 matches
- Mark words as Favorites to review later
- Review the history of words that you have looked up

What's New

Version 3.7.3

- Better Search
- Expanded Word List
- Bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews


No wifi needed!

A great resource. Takes a little getting used to the Devanagari keyboard, but the ability to search offline is fantastic. Crashes a bit but assume this will be addressed in forthcoming updates.


The only dictionary I use

I have stopped using any other form of dictionary! I love the simple interface and I am so glad that the search input is Devanagari!


Good App BUT....

Devanagari keyboard is clunky and unintuitive
White on black text is very tiring for the eyes after a while.
Can't adjust type size -- again very tiring for the eyes.
Why not let users set these things for them selves?


Creative Stride, Inc.
90.1 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.
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