The Top 20 Most Beautiful English Words

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There is a popular English saying that “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder “. This implies that one of the great marvels of life is that each one of us sees things differently, and each one of us has different things that we find beautiful.

So when I say “sunset”, a word describing an event, based on your experience, where you live, what you love, what you do and what defines “sunset” to you, the word will invoke different responses and feelings in you.

The word might conjure up images and memories of wonderful sunsets that you spent with loved ones, of red and orange hues as the sun sinks down over the ocean and your world is bathed in soft warm light and everything is at peace.

It brings back hundreds of happy memories for me as it is a very special time of day to me.

I’m going to describe some of the words that I find beautiful and useful, and hope you will be able to use them in your life because I think that beauty can also be useful and the wonderful thing about learning English is that words can be used to describe and connect each one of us to other people. Here’s how I’ve grouped them:

Four distinct groups of beautiful English words

  1. Words that create a human connection
  2. Words that ripple beautifully off my tongue
  3. Words that are aspirational

Group 1: Picture words

  • Time — how we spend our days
  • Pristine — clean and fresh as if new, untouched, spotless as in a wave at the sea
  • Waves — a long body of water curling into an arched form and breaking on the seashore
  • Memories — something special remembered from the past, a person or event, happy thoughts

Group 2: Connection Words

  • Empathy — the ability to understand and share the feelings of another person or animal.
  • Love — an intense feeling of deep affection you have for something
  • Gratitude — the quality of being thankful, readiness to show appreciation and return kindness.
  • Music — something that is very pleasant or gratifying to hear or discover. Often connects memories

Group 3: Words that ripple beautifully off my tongue

  • Epiphany — a moment of sudden and great revelation or realization.
  • Effervescent — vivacious and enthusiastic, giving off bubbles; fizzy.
  • Awesomeness — an immeasurable amount of wonder produced by the word
  • Eloquence — fluent or persuasive speaking or writing. Having command of a language
  • Onomatopoeia — the formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named (e.g. cuckoo, sizzle, ping pong, pitter patter, achoo, boo-hoo ).
  • Sumptuous — splendid and expensive-looking e.g “the banquet was a sumptuous, luxurious meal”

Group 4: Aspirational Words

  • Eagerness — enthusiasm to do or to have something; when you show keenness, fervor, passion, zest, and ardor.
  • Tranquility — when you’re truly at peace and in touch with yourself, and nothing anyone says or does bother you, and no negativity or drama can touch you.

There are so many beautiful words in the English language. I encourage you to find words that are beautiful to you and make them a part of your daily conversation.

Written by Mitch Rankin

Mitch is Co-Founder and CEO at English Forward. He has close to 20+ years of experience in business, commerce and marketing. He is an experienced Director with a demonstrated history of working in the real estate industry. Mitch is an educator and philanthropist, an investor and partner in high profile property projects.

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