The facility for searching TermCymru has been improved as part of the June 2017 update.

As of June 2017, you don't need to choose a language before searching for a term. Term Cymru will search both English and Welsh records simultaneously. However since TermCymru is based on an English>Welsh terminology database please note that details such as parts of speech etc are not recorded for the English terms.

Here are some tips to help you search more effectively.

On the search page

Searching for an English term, or a Welsh term?
You can search for English or Welsh terms by using the search box. You don't need to choose a language before searching for a term.

Searching for a specific phrase?
You don’t need to use double quote marks around those words. Any exact matches will appear towards the top of the results list.

Searching for a multi-word term or title?
It may be quicker to search for some of the more unusual words rather than the entire term or title, eg
"housing fraud detection" rather than" prevention of social housing fraud (detection of fraud) (wales) regulations"

Want to limit your results to a specific subject?
Choose that subject from the dropdown list and click on 'Search'

Other tips
You can also search for parts of words, eg search for "soc rent hous" to find "social rented housing".

TermCymru will search for the mutated forms of Welsh words in the termbase, as well as the unmutated form, eg a search for "Cymru" will find terms which include the forms "Cymru", "Gymru", "Chymru" and/or "Nghymru". The mutated forms will be found lower down the list of results.

On the results page

If TermCymru only finds English terms, those English terms will be displayed.

If TermCymru only finds Welsh terms, those Welsh terms will be displayed.

If TermCymru finds both English and Welsh terms, the top three results in each language will be displayed and you can choose whether you want to see additional results in either language by clicking on the relevant example of the words "View all".

You will see all the main details related to the terms which are found.

If a definition, contextual sentence or usage notes are related to a term, the words "Expand" will appear with that record. Click on that word to see the additional information. You are strongly advised to do so for all terms which are relevant to your search.

At this stage you can also use the relevant dropdown lists to:

  • change the number of results that appear on each screen (the default option is 50, but you can change this to 10 or 25 results per page)
  • arrange your results by relevance or alphabetical order
  • limit your results to a specific subject.

Click on the small box with an arrow in the top right hand corner of any record to show only the details for that term on the page.

An explanation of the various fields can be found on the TermCymru Fields page.

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