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200+ Beautiful Words to Celebrate English [2020]

While English doesn’t sound as romantic as Latin or French, there are certain words in the English language that are beautiful. These beautiful words don’t necessarily have a beautiful definition, but they absolutely leave you thinking about the beauty of the language after you say the word.

Each of these beautiful words in the English language has the meaning below them. They vary in verbs, adjectives, or nouns. Hopefully, this list of beautiful words can help you increase your vocabulary or at least provide you a pleasing word to introduce into your daily rapport.

Beautiful Words List

Abomination

a thing that causes disgust or hatred.

Aesthetic

pleasing appearance.

Ambivalent

conflicting feelings or emotions.

Antagonist

a person who actively opposes or is hostile to someone or something; an adversary.

Aspiration

a strong desire to achieve something high or great.

Aurora

early morning dawn.

Beguile

to charm or enchant in a deceptive way.

Bewilderment

to be in a state of confusion or perplexion.

Blossom

the state or period of flowering.

Bodacious

excellent, admirable, or attractive.

Braggadocious

boastful or arrogant.

Breathtaking

astonishing or awe-inspiring in quality, so as to take one’s breath away.

Brood

a group having a common nature or origin.

Bubbly

(of a person) full of cheerful high spirits.

Bucolic

relating to or typical of rural life.

Bungalow

relating to or typical of rural life.

Cadence

a modulation or inflection of the voice.

Candor

the quality of being open and honest in expression; frankness.

Cherish

to hold something dear.

Coincidentally

in a way that results from chance despite being very unlikely.

Constellation

a group of stars forming a recognizable pattern that is traditionally named after its apparent form or identified with a mythological figure.

Conundrum

a confusing and difficult problem or question.

Cottage

a small simple house, typically one near a lake or beach.

Coy

making a pretense of shyness or modesty that is intended to be alluring.

Crisp

firm, dry, and brittle.

Dalliance

an act of dallying.

Dapper

neat and trim in appearance.

Dauntless

incapable of being intimidated or subdued.

Dazzle

a brightness that confuses someone’s vision temporarily.

Delicacy

fineness or intricacy of texture or structure.

Demesne

manorial land actually possessed by the lord and not held by tenants.

Demure

affectedly modest, reserved, or serious.

Desire

to long or hope for; exhibit or feel desire for.

Diaphanous

light, delicate, and translucent.

Discombobulated

confused and disconcerted.

Divinity

the state or quality of being divine.

Docile

submissive.

Dulcet

sweet to the taste.

Ebullience

the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts or feelings.

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Effervescent

having the property of forming bubbles: marked by or producing effervescence.

Elated

marked by high spirits.

Elegance

refined grace or dignified propriety.

Elixir

a magical or medicinal potion.

Eloquence

discourse marked by force and persuasiveness.

Elusive

difficult to find, catch, or achieve.

Embolden

to impart boldness or courage to; to instill with boldness, courage, or resolution enough to overcome timidity or misgiving.

Entice

attract or tempt by offering pleasure or advantage.

Ephemeral

lasting a very short time.

Epiphany

a moment of sudden revelation.

Eternity

infinite time.

Ethereal

extremely delicate and light in a way that seems too perfect for this world.

Euphonious

pleasing to the ear.

Euphoria

a feeling of well-being or elation.

Evasive

tending to avoid commitment or self-revelation, especially by responding only indirectly.

Evocative

bringing to mind strong emotions.

Exuberance

the quality of being full of energy and excitement.

Felicity

feeling of happiness.

Flamboyant

tending to attract attention because of their exuberance, confidence, and stylishness.

Fluidity

the ability of a substance to flow easily.

Forbearance

a refraining from the enforcement of something (such as a debt, right, or obligation) that is due.

Formidable

having qualities that discourage approach or attack.

Fragile

easily broken or damaged.

Fugacious

lasting a short time.

Galactic

relating to a galaxy or galaxies.

Glamorous

appealing or attractive.

Gossamer

sheer, filmy, delicate in appearance.

Grandeur

splendor and impressiveness, especially of appearance or style.

Gregarious

tending to associate with others of one’s kind.

Gumption

shrewd or spirited initiative and resourcefulness.

Gusto

enjoyment or vigor in doing something; zest.

Halcyon

peaceful, calm, idyllic.

Harmonious

having agreement among musical components; musically concordant.

Hullabaloo

loud arguing or shouting.

Idyllic

like an idyll; extremely happy, peaceful, or picturesque.

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Illuminate

to supply or brighten with light.

Illustrious

notably or brilliantly outstanding because of dignity or achievements or actions.

Imbrication

an overlapping of edges (as of tiles or scales).

Imbue

inspire or permeate with a feeling, quality, emotion, etc.

Incandescent

emitting light as a result of being heated.

Indubitably

impossible to doubt; unquestionable.

Inglenook

a nook by a large open fireplace.

Insinuate

suggest or hint at something bad in an indirect and unpleasant way.

Insipid

lacking flavor.

Jewel

a precious stone.

Jubilant

feeling or expressing great joy.

Kalon

the ideal of physical and moral beauty especially as conceived by the philosophers of classical Greece.

Labyrinth

a place constructed of or full of intricate passageways and blind alleys.

Lagoon

a stretch of salt water separated from the sea by a low sandbank or coral reef.

Languor

weakness or weariness of body or mind.

Lavish

expending or bestowing profusely.

Leisurely

acting or done in an unhurried or relaxed manner.

Lily

a type of flower.

Limerence

the state of being infatuated or obsessed with another person, typically experienced involuntarily and characterized by a strong desire for reciprocation of one’s feelings but not primarily for a sexual relationship.

Lithe

thin, supple, and graceful.

Loquacious

tending to talk a great deal; talkative.

Love

an intense feeling of deep affection.

Luscious

having a pleasingly rich, sweet taste.

Luxurious

extremely comfortable, elegant, or enjoyable, especially in a way that involves great expense.

Lyrical

beautiful expression of emotions.

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Magnificence

the quality of being magnificent.

Majestic

having or showing impressive beauty or dignity.

Melancholy

a feeling of pensive sadness, typically with no obvious cause.

Miraculous

occurring through divine or supernatural intervention, or manifesting such power.

Mirror

a reflective surface.

Moiety

a part or portion of something.

Murmur

a soft, indistinct sound made by a person or group of people speaking quietly or at a distance.

Nemesis

an unconquerable archenemy.

Onomatopeia

using the sound something makes to form its name.

Opaque

not able to be seen through; not transparent.

Optimistic

hopeful and confident about the future.

Opulence

great wealth or luxuriousness.

Panacea

a solution or remedy for all difficulties or diseases.

Peculiar

strange or odd; unusual.

Penumbra

the partially shaded outer region of the shadow cast by an opaque object.

Perplex

to cause someone to feel confused or baffled.

Phenomena

a fact or situation that is observed to exist or happen, especially one whose cause or explanation is in question.

Plethora

a large or excessive amount of (something).

Plump

having a full rounded shape.

Prim

stiffly formal and respectable.

Pristine

in its original condition; unspoiled.

Pugnacious

eager or quick to argue, quarrel, or fight.

Quaint

attractively unusual or old-fashioned.

Quarrel

a heated argument or disagreement.

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Quintessence

the most perfect or typical example of a quality or class.

Radiant

sending out light; shining or glowing brightly.

Rejuvenated

looking or feeling refreshed.

Rendezvous

a meeting at an agreed time and place, typically between two people.

Revel

enjoy oneself in a lively and noisy way, especially with drinking and dancing.

Revival

an improvement in the condition or strength of something.

Ripple

a small wave or series of waves on the surface of water, especially as caused by an object dropping into it or a slight breeze.

Sanguine

optimistic or positive, especially in an apparently bad or difficult situation.

Sassy

lively, bold, and full of spirit.

Saucy

impudent; flippant.

Scenic

providing or relating to views of impressive or beautiful natural scenery.

Scrumptious

extremely tasty; delicious.

Sempiternal

eternal and unchanging; everlasting.

Serendipity

the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.

Serenity

the state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled.

Silhouette

the dark shape and outline of someone or something visible against a lighter background.

Sincere

free from pretense or deceit; proceeding from genuine feelings.

Solace

comfort or consolation in a time of distress or sadness.

Sorcery

the use of magic.

Sublime

of such excellence, grandeur, or beauty as to inspire great admiration or awe.

Summery

characteristic of or suitable for summer.

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Sumptuous

splendid and expensive-looking.

Surreptitious

kept secret, especially because it would not be approved of.

Susquehanna

a river in the state of Pennsylvania.

Susurrus

whispering, murmuring, or rustling.

Syrup

a thick sweet liquid made by dissolving sugar in boiling water.

Syzygy

a conjunction or opposition, especially of the moon with the sun.

Tranquility

the quality or state of being tranquil; calm.

Transience

the state or fact of lasting only for a short time; transitory nature.

Translucent

allowing light, but not detailed shapes, to pass through; semitransparent.

Tryst

a private romantic rendezvous between lovers.

Unparalleled

having no parallel or equal; exceptional.

Vagabond

a person who wanders from place to place without a home or job.

Vestibule

an antechamber, hall, or lobby next to the outer door of a building.

Vestigial

forming a very small remnant of something that was once much larger or more noticeable.

Vibrant

full of energy and enthusiasm.

Victorious

having won a victory; triumphant.

Vigorous

strong, healthy, and full of energy.

Vivacious

attractively lively and animated.

Voluptuous

curvaceous and sexually attractive.

Vulnerable

susceptible to physical or emotional attack or harm.

Wanderlust

a strong desire to travel.

Woebegone

sad or miserable in appearance.

Wild

lacking discipline or restraint.

Zany

amusingly unconventional and idiosyncratic.

Zenith

the time at which something is most powerful or successful.

Zest

great enthusiasm and energy.

Vocabulary FAQ

Common questions asked by English word seekers.

Is love the most beautiful English word?

In terms of its meaning, the word love absolutely is.

Which words have beautiful meanings?

Many of the words in this list have beautiful meanings. For example, Sublime, Solace, Serenity.

Is the English word meaning on each of these words the only definition?

No. We have selected the one that helps explain the word the most. But some words can be used as adjectives, nouns, or verbs. And that changes their definition in English.

Why is English not the most beautiful language?

It would be difficult to say it is not a beautiful language. But take one of the words above and translate the word to the Latin word, Greek word, or French word. Then listen to how it is pronounced. You can do this using Google Translate. You will be able to hear how the English version of the word sounds less appealing than the others.

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January Nelson is a writer, editor, and dreamer. She writes about astrology, games, love, relationships, and entertainment. January graduated with an English and Literature degree from Columbia University. Read more articles from January on Thought Catalog.

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