Machine Translation

MT Glossaries

Available for

  • Team, Ultimate and Enterprise editions

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MT Glossaries ensure terminology is handled correctly by MT engines. They function in a similar manner to term bases but are used by machine translation engines instead of linguists. Terms added to a glossary are applied by the machine translation engine before being seen by the linguist ensuring provided terms are consistently substituted.

Use cases

  • Product names

    Google Home must translate to Google Home.

  • Ambiguous words

    The word bat can mean a piece of sports equipment or an animal. If translating words about sports, use a glossary to feed the Cloud Translation API the sports translation of bat and not the translation for the animal.

  • Borrowed words

    Bouillabaisse in French translates to bouillabaisse in English. The English language borrowed the word from the French in the 19th century. An English speaker lacking French cultural context may not know that bouillabaisse is a fish stew dish. A glossary can override a translation so that bouillabaisse from French translates to fish stew in English.

Glossaries are not supported by all machine translation engines and are only available through Memsource Translate. If supported, this will be indicated in the machine translation profile along with supported glossary languages.


Depending on file size, it can take up to 15 minutes until a glossary is attached.

Create a Glossary

To add a glossary, follow these steps:

  1. From the Memsource Translate page, click Add glossary.

    The New glossary window opens.

  2. Provide a Glossary name.

  3. Select languages for the glossary.

  4. Click Create.

    The new glossary page opens.

Attach a Glossary to an MT Profile

To use a glossary, it must be attached to an existing MT Profile.

To attach a glossary, follow these steps:

  1. From the Memsource Translate page, click on the machine translation profile that requires a glossary.

  2. Click Attach glossary.

    The search or select window opens.

  3. Search for or select from the dropdown list the required glossary or glossaries.

  4. Click Attach.

    The selection is added to a list of glossaries attached to the profile.

Add a Term

To add a term, follow these steps:

  1. From a glossary page, click New.

    The new term pane opens with empty fields for all languages in the glossary.

  2. Fill in terms for each language.

  3. Click Add.

    The new term is added to the glossary.

Imports Term to a Glossary

External terminology (or glossary) files can be imported in Excel (XLSX) or TBX file formats. The size limit for a file that can be uploaded is 1GB.

XLSX File Preparation

XLSX files must be formatted in specific manner before being imported.

To prepare the file, follow these steps:

  1. In the XLSX file, organize all terms into columns with each column representing one language.

  2. In the first row, apply the language code for each language.














    Joint Committee

    Gemischte Kommission

    Commissione mista


    Federal Council


    Consiglio federale

  3. Save the file.

File Import

To import terms to a glossary, follow these steps:

  1. From a glossary page, click Import.

    The Import TBX/XLSX window opens.

  2. Click Choose File and select a file to import.

  3. Click Import.

    Terms from the selected file are added to the glossary.

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