IceWordNet is the Icelandic version of the Princeton Core WordNet. It consists of nearly five thousand Icelandic translations of the words from the core list from Princeton along with the Icelandic synonyms of the words.

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About IceWordNet

IceWordNet is based on Princeton Core WordNet. Princeton WordNet is a large lexical database for English. Nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs are grouped into synsets which each expresses a particular thought. The synsets are then linked to each other by conceptual, semantical and lexical relations. WordNet is similar to a thesaurus but there is an important difference. A complete WordNet doesn‘t just link words; it also disambiguates similar words and shows the relations between the words.

Core WordNet is a list of approximately 5000 of the most common words from the Princeton list. IceWordNet contains Icelandic translations of the words in the core list in addition to the Icelandic synonyms. For now, only synonyms are given and other relations are not shown.

The Princeton Core WordNet list was downloaded from the Internet. Then the English words were translated into Icelandic and finally the synonyms of the Icelandic words were listed with the help from the Icelandic Thesaurus (Íslensk samheitaorðabók, Svavar Sigmundsson 1985) and the web site The work was carried out by Kristín M. Jóhannsdóttir.

Hopefully, IceWordNet will later be greatly expanded and in addition to synonyms all the relations used in the Princeton WordNet will be included.