The English language is an intricate collaboration of worldly influences, with many of the most beautiful words spoken in English being rooted in various languages. We are all connected, after all.
“Language creates reality. Words have power. Speak always to create joy.” – Deepak Chopra
After some thought, I’ve compiled this list noting some of the loveliest words in English (according to my own personal opinion), along with their worldly origins.
This is the opening of a three-part series.
- Part 1 is an assemblage of words from A-E
- Part 2 highlights words from F-P
- Part 3 completes the trilogy with words from Q-Z
My hope in sharing these beautiful words is that we can bring eloquence to our conversations and give more life to our ideas.
Decorate your journal, letters, blogs, and papers. Relish the beauty of the written and spoken word, and just appreciate how many ways there are to convey your thoughts.
A Handpicked Collection of Beautiful Words in English, A-E
Abeyance [uh–bey–uh ns], noun:
Acquiesce [ak-wee-es], verb:
Alluring [uh–loo r-ing], adjective:
Ameliorate [uh–meel-yuh-reyt, uh–mee-lee-uh-], verb: to make or become better, more bearable, or more satisfactory; improve. Latin origins.
Assemblage [uh–sem-blij], noun:
Aurora [uh–rawr–uh, uh–rohr–uh], noun: dawn; the ancient Roman goddess of the dawn. Middle English and Latin origins.
Azure [azh-er], adjective: Middle English, Persian and Arabic origins.
Becoming [bih-kuhm-ing], adjective: Old and Middle English origins.
Beguile [bih-gahyl], verb:
Benevolence [buh–nev–uh-luh ns], noun: . An act of kindness; a charitable gift. Middle English and Latin origins.
Bioluminescence [bahy-oh-loo-muh–nes–uh ns], noun: the production of light by living organisms. Latin origins.
Bliss [blis], noun:
Blossom [blos–uh m], noun: The state of flowering. Verb: to produce or yield blossoms. T ).
Bucolic [byoo-kol-ik], adjective: of, relating to, or suggesting an idyllic rural life. Noun: a pastoral poem. Latin and Greek origins.
Bungalow [buhng-guh-loh], noun: a cottage of one story. Hindi origins.Everyone smiles in the same language. Click To Tweet
Caress [kuh–res], noun: French and Italian origins.
Chatoyant [shuh–toi–uh nt], adjective: changing in luster or color. Noun:
Cherish [cher-ish], verb: Middle English and Middle French origins.
Colloquial [kuh–loh-kwee-uh l], adjective:
Comely [kuhm-lee], adjective:
Cynosure [sahy-nuh-shoo r, sin–uh-], noun:
Dalliance [dal-ee-uh ns, dal-yuh ns], noun: lirtation. Middle English origins.
Delicacy [del-i-kuh-see], noun: Middle English origins.
Demesne [dih-meyn, –meen], noun: dominion or territory of a sovereign or state; domain. Middle English, Anglo-French and Old French origins.
Demure [dih-myoo r], adjective: shy, modest, reserved. Middle English, Anglo-French, Old French and Latin origins.
Denouement [dey-noo-mahn], noun: the final resolution of the intricacies of a plot, as of a drama or novel. The resolution of a doubtful series of occurrences. French, Old French and Latin origins.
Destiny [des-tuh-nee], noun:
Desuetude [des-wi-tood, -tyood], noun: the state of being no longer used or practiced. Late Middle English and Latin origins.
Disquiet [dis-kwahy-it], noun: Verb: Adjective: uneasy. English, French and Latin origins.
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Ebullience [ih-buhl-yuh ns, ih-boo l-], noun: high spirits; exhilaration; exuberance. Latin origins.
Effervescence [ef-er-ves-uh ns], noun: bubbles in a liquid; fizz. Latin origins.
Efflorescence [ef-luh–res–uh ns], noun:
Elixir [ih-lik-ser], noun: a panacea; cure-all; sovereign remedy. Middle English, Medieval Latin, late Greek and Arabic origins.
Eloquence [el–uh-kwuh ns], noun: the practice or art of using language with fluency and aptness. Middle English, Anglo-French and Latin origins.
Emollient [ih-mol-yuh nt], adjective: Noun: . Latin origins.
Ensorcell [en-sawr-suh l], verb: to bewitch. Middle French origins.
Ephemeral [ih-fem-er-uh l], adjective: lasting a very short time; short-lived; transitory. Noun: anything short-lived. Greek origins
Epiphany [ih-pif–uh-nee], noun: a sudden revelation. Middle English, Late Latin and Late Greek origins.
Erstwhile [urst-hwahyl, -wahyl], adjective: Adverb: formerly. Middle and Old English.
Eternity [ih-tur-ni-tee], noun: Middle English and Latin origins.
Ethereal [ih-theer-ee-uh l], adjective: Light, airy, or tenuous. Extremely delicate or refined. Heavenly or celestial. Latin and Greek origins.
Epoch [ep–uh k], noun: A particular period of time marked by distinctive features, events, etc. A memorable date. Greek origins.
Euphoria [yoo-fawr-ee-uh, –fohr-], noun: A state of intense happiness and self-confidence. Greek origins.
Evanescent [ev-uh–nes–uh nt], adjective: vanishing; fading away; fleeting.Latin origins.
Exquisite [ik-skwiz-it, ek-skwi-zit], adjective: of special beauty or charm, or rare and appealing excellence. Keenly or delicately sensitive or responsive. Noun: a person, especially a man, who is excessively concerned about clothes, grooming, etc. Late Middle English and Latin origins.
Exotic [ig-zot-ik], adjective: of foreign origin or character; not native. Of a uniquely new or experimental nature. Latin and Greek origins.
Which words speak to you of beauty and timelessness? If your favorite word (in the A-E range) is not listed here, please share yours with me in the comments.
Share these beautiful words with someone who would appreciate them.
“Blossoming into bliss is my destiny.”