If you are someone who loves to build and expand your vocabulary in English, you have come to the right place. Below is the list of top 30 of the most beautiful words in English. These words were selected based on their pleasant sounds and their potent meanings.
Meaning – A person who is in love or who writes about love
The first word in the list of the top 30 most beautiful words is full of love. Let it be the person who falls in love or a person who passionately writes about above, they both loved to be called as an amorist.
“Because you have the heart of an amorist that would let none be lover save himself.”
—The God of Love by Justin Huntly McCarthy
Meaning – To enjoy food or an experience slowly, in order to enjoy it as much as possible
A feeling of complete satisfaction when something is being experienced slowly and enjoyed as much as possible, especially food.
“I’ve always believed in savoring the moments. In the end, they are the only things we’ll have.”
― Anna Godbersen, The Luxe.
Meaning – A peaceful, calm state, without noise, violence, worry, etc
Imagine visiting a countryside surrounded by a peaceful environment, a large stream of flowing water, and the sound of birds chirping. How peaceful it would be? This state of a peaceful mind is known as tranquility.
“Quiet is peace. Tranquility. Quiet is turning down the volume knob on life. Silence is pushing the off button. Shutting it down. All of it. – Amir”
― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner
Meaning – Help and comfort when you are feeling sad or worried
When so many griefs begin to weigh heavily, you need to find a way out and comfort yourself. Finding peace and comfort at heart-wrenching moments of life defines solace.
Every now and then I read a poem that does touch something in me, but I never turn to poetry for solace or pleasure in the way that I throw myself into prose.
Meaning – Being the most typical example or most important part of something
Quintessential is one of my favorite beautiful words in English. It sounds so perfect. Not only because of the sound “Q” but also because of how well it describes itself as essential. The most typical example, in other words, a perfect model of something is known as quintessential.
The critics love the director’s latest film and consider it to be the quintessential horror movie.
Meaning – The fact of finding interesting or valuable things by chance
Another beautiful word with a beautiful sound, Serendipity defines the moment of discovering precious and good things surprisingly without even looking for them.
“Focus on anticipating what serendipity if bringing… because it’s the past, present, and future colliding.”
― Jeanne McElvaney, Light in the Shadows
Meaning – A sweet and a soothing sound
This beautiful word takes its origin from the french word ‘doucet’ meaning sweet. Any sound which is extremely pleasant and honeyed your ear gently with its tone is known as dulcet.
“Once I sat upon a promontory, And heard a mermaid, on a dolphin’s back, Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath, That the rude sea grew civil at her song.”
― William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Meaning – A state of extreme happiness, especially when feeling pleasure
The first kiss from a beloved, the joy of a mother holding her newborn’s finger, and those little moments when the rest of the world vanishes, and you feel overwhelmed define ecstasy.
“Reality doesn’t impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.”
―Anais Nin, Incest: The Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin
Meaning – Behaving or dressing in a way that deliberately attracts attention
This fancy word means flashy, bold, and brilliant. We all must have come across that one person who talks or dresses very confidently end up catching everyone’s attention.
As an attorney, I could be rather flamboyant in court. I did not act as though I were a black man in a white man’s court, but as if everyone else – white and black – was a guest in my court. When trying a case, I often made sweeping gestures and used high-flown language. ―Nelson Mandela
Meaning – The act of remembering events and experiences from the past
As beautiful as it sounds, this word means the act of remembering an event or an occasion that happened in the past. To put it in other words, it is the way of recollecting memories from the past.
Now I am in my eighties, and I have known the joys and sorrows of a full life. Age, however, has its privileges. One is to reminisce, and another is to reminisce selectively.
Meaning – Ideas or plans that are different and unusual but not likely to succeed
Another beautiful word that begins with Q is Quixotic. Although the word sounds so pleasing to ears, the word defines unrealistic hope.
“He believed in himself, believed in his quixotic ambition, letting the failures of the previous day disappear as each new day dawned. Yesterday was not today. The past did not predict the future if he could learn from his mistakes.”
―Daniel Wallace, The kings and queens of Roam
Meaning – Happy, excited, and full of energy
Exuberance is a state of feeling joyful and enthusiastic. Its a quality of a person who is overly excited, energetic, and cheerful and spreads happiness around them.
“Exuberance is Beauty.”
Meaning – Extremely light and delicate, as if not of this world
A word that floats light in a poetic world is ethereal. You might have heard the famous phrase ‘ethereal beauty’ in various poems and movies. Ethereal stands for something extremely light and delicate like a feather.
Faith is a continuum, and we each fall on that line where we may. By attempting to rigidly classify ethereal concepts like faith, we end up debating semantics to the point where we entirely miss the obvious – that is, that we are all trying to decipher life’s big mysteries, and we’re each following our own paths of enlightenment.
Meaning – Attractively thin and able to move quickly and smoothly
The best way to define lissome is to remind you of the character Nina Sayers/The Swan Queen from the movie Black swan. Remember how graceful and flexibly her body moved in each dance movement. A thing or a person who is completely filled with grace and possesses a nature of a tender and flexibility is known as lissome.
“It could be no other figure, for no other figure that I had ever seen could walk with the same triumphant and lissome grace.”
―Charles Neville Buck, The Portal of Dreams
Meaning – The pleasant smell produced when rain falls on dry ground.
Who wouldn’t love the smell of soil that always follows after a rainfall? The pleasant, earthy scent has a name, Petrichor. Though the real chemistry behind petrichor is not as romantic as it sounds yet the chemistry that it causes inside our brain is heavenly.
I surfaced from the tunnel in a shack, where the air was close and smelled of Petrichor.
―Samantha Shannon, The Mime Order
Meaning – Having a pleasant and flowing sound
Mellifluous is an identical term to Dulcet. A soothing sound that flows into our ears so smoothly and keeps the mind calm and peaceful.
“In my dreams, I heard your mellifluous voice. It slowly woke me up from a deep sleep so that I could enjoy the magnificence of life.” ―Debasish Mridha
Meaning – The state of being active, positive, and full of energy
Next time when you see bubbles on your sparkling wine or a bubbly person who is packed with energy and liveliness, remember to tell them that they are filled with such effervescence.
“On her own, Grace could be effervescent, illuminating the entire room with her intelligence and wit. Around others she seemed to lose her luster.”
―Krystal Sutherlands, Our Chemical Hearts
Meaning – The act of persuading someone gently to do something
Have you ever pleased someone frequently by being kind to them in order to get something done? This act of pleasing someone to agree to you is known as coaxing.
“Winning her would be like coaxing a butterfly to land on his hand. Patience, gentleness, and perhaps a prayer or two would be required.”
―Mary Jo Putney, The Bargain
Meaning – Former, Previous
A formal way to say former is erstwhile. Someone or something from the past can be termed as erstwhile (for a while).
After all, my erstwhile dear, My no longer cherished, Need we say it was not love, Now that love is perished?
Meaning – Tasting extremely good
Next time when you eat something delicious and extremely tasty, there’s a chance to use the term scrumptious. When something tastes too good, call it scrumptious.
“Head chef Craig Rushworth has conjured up a menu full of scrumptious food that is almost impossible to choose from.”
Meaning – Place or an experience which is extremely pleasant, beautiful or a peaceful
How about a peaceful walk into a forest on a warm spring day, engulfed by a cloudy sky. Isn’t it the ultimate way to tap into nature? This absolute feeling of pleasant and magical experience is known as an idyllic.
It was a very idyllic childhood, surrounded by utterly beautiful landscapes that I got very, very bored of when I hit my teens. But being on your own a lot and being bored is good for your imagination. It makes it stretch.
Meaning – Beautiful in a way that suggests that someone is morally good and pure
Have you ever met an angel in real life? How does it feel looking at an innocent baby’s smile? This angelic experience has a name and the credit goes to the word Seraphic. Seraphic refers to the characteristic of a person who is morally good and pure like an angel.
“At that moment of love, a moment when passion is absolutely silent under the omnipotence of ecstasy, Marius, pure Seraphic Marius, would have been more capable of visiting a woman of the streets than of raising Cosette’s dress above the ankle.”
―Victor Hugo, Les Miserables
Meaning – Strange; not seeming real; like a dream
The experience of having an unrealistic dream that takes you into a fantasy world and turn-on your brain with excitement is surreal.
“Reality will be very boring for those who fall in love with Surreal.” ―Mehmet murat ildan
Meaning – A moment of sudden realisation
A word that is almost spiritual in its meaning. Epiphany refers to the discovery of the essential meaning of life in an unanticipated time. All of a sudden, when an idea strikes your mind, call it an epiphany.
“The magic of the street is the mingling of the errand and the epiphany.”
―Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking
Meaning – The situation in which there is more than enough of something
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word abundance? If it’s a lot, you are right. Abundance is something you have way more than you need.
“Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love; it will all come back to you in abundance. This is the law of nature.”
―Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience
Meaning – Very beautiful and delicate
Beautiful not just because of how magical it sounds, also because the meaning of this word is beautiful. Something that catches attention, through its exceptional beauty and flawless finish, termed as exquisite.
“when i write of you, my dear i am holding you in the most exquisite ways.”
Meaning – The quality of being honest and telling the truth, especially about a difficult situation.
We all must have come across a person who outwardly speaks his/her mind regardless of what someone else might feel. This person stands as a typical example of Candor. Candor is the quality of being honest and straightforward in attitude and speech.
“All faults may be forgiven of him who has perfect candor.”
Meaning – Friendly, good-natured, or easy to talk to.
Have you ever spoke to a stranger for the first time, and they made you feel like you have known them for years? If yes, call that person affable. A kind and warm-hearted person who puts other people at instant ease is known as affable.
“A large nose is the mark of a witty, courteous, affable, generous and liberal man.”
Meaning – Unusual in a playful or amusing way.
What a magical word. This word is a perfect blend of a bit of magic, a bit of imagination, a strange and fanciful. Whimsical is an adjective that reminds me of the movie Alice in wonderland and Harry potter.
“Cry Baby is like this fairytale version of me. A lot of it is based on real events, and some of it is made up to make it more whimsical.” ―Melanie Martinez
Meaning – Full of energy and enthusiasm
Last of all, here is my top favorite and one of the most beautiful words in English, Zesty. Zesty is fun, excitement, enthusiasm, and liveliness. And how could it not be my favorite out of 1.2 million words in English I chose Zesty to name my blog. Good choice, right?
Here you have it all!
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