150+ Most Beautiful Words in the World (Origin+Pronunciation+Definition) (2023)

Are you a logophile (a lover of words)? Do you hoard words? Are you a word nerd? Do you believe in epeolatry (the worship of words)? Then you’re in the right place. This list of unusual and beautiful words with deep meanings will not only enrich your vocabulary but also allow you to perceive the world differently.

Words are powerful. They have a way of transforming people and their lives. Words inspire, stir, challenge, move, touch, and intrigue us.

Words are beautiful. What makes a word beautiful and pretty? Well, a fine blend of sound and meaning makes a word beautiful. The pleasantness of the word’s sound is called eutony.

So aesthetically pleasing words are not only pretty sounding words but have a beautiful meaning as well.

Did you know there’s a word that has no one meaning? It’s Eglaf. It can be used in place of any other word and describes many things.

I’ve compiled a list of unusual words with beautiful meanings that stir my mind and soul. Apart from my favorite beautiful English words, the list has foreign words with beautiful meanings that I learned during my years of travels to different countries. Most of them are simply untranslatable into English but perfectly translate hard-to-be-expressed-in-words emotions.

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Want to add mellifluous, invigorating, heartfelt, and the most beautiful words in the world to your vocabulary? Arm yourself with these unique words in different languages and thank me later 🙂 Let’s get going with these prettiest words!

#1 Mellifluous (adj.)

Pronunciation: muh-li-floo-uhs

Origin: Latin

Definition: A sound that’s pleasing and sweet to hear

#2 Apricity (n.)

Pronunciation: a-PRIS-i-tee

Origin: Latin

Definition: The warmth of the sun in winter

#3 Rakuyou (n.)

Pronunciation: ra-ku-yo

Origin: Japanese (落葉 )

Definition: Golden fallen or shedded leaves

Now that we are talking about our favorite season (Autumn), how can we not talk about the beautiful East Coast Fall Destinations? Nothing is more autumnal than going for a stroll with crisp golden fallen or shredded leaves beneath your feet!

#4 Retrouvailles (n.)

Pronunciation: ruh-troov-eye

Origin: French

Definition: The happiness of meeting again after a long time

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#5 Hitoritabi (n.)

Origin: Japanese

Definition: Traveling alone, solitary journey

#6 Luftmensch (n.)

Pronunciation: LOOFT-mensh

Origin: Yiddish

Definition: An impractical dreamer, literally an air person, someone with her head in the clouds

#7 Raconteur (n.)

Pronunciation: ra-kawn-tuh

Origin: French

Definition: A talented storyteller who’s able to spin amusing tales from everyday tales; A person who tells anecdotes in a skillful and amusing way

#8 Sirimiri (n.)

Pronunciation: si-ri-mi-ri

Origin: Spanish

Definition: A light rain; A fine drizzle; Stronger than mist but less than a shower

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#9 Rimjhim (n.)

Pronunciation: rim-jhim

Origin: Sanskrit

Definition: The pitter-patter of a light drizzle

#10 Petrichor (n.)

Pronunciation: PET-ri-kuhr

Origin: Greek

Definition: The mild and pleasant smell or scent of earth associated with the first rain after a dry spell

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#11 Morii (n.)


Origin: The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

Definition: The desire to capture a fleeting moment

#12 Fernweh (n.)

Pronunciation: FEIRN-veyh

Origin: German

Definition: An achefor distant places; A strong desire to travel to far off places; Being homesick for a place you’ve never been; A longing for unseen places even stronger than wanderlust

Read More: Travel Quotes to Inspire Wanderlust

#13 Resfeber (n.)

Pronunciation: RACE-fay-ber

Origin: Swedish

Definition: The restless race of the traveler’s heart before the journey begins, when anxiety and anticipation are tangled together; A travel fever that can manifest as an illness

Related Read: Beautiful Swedish Words

#14 Nefelibata (n.)

Pronunciation: ne-fe-lE-‘ba-ta

Origin: Portuguese

Definition: Literally translates to “cloud-walker”; Colloquially “daydreamer”; One who lives in the clouds of their own imagination or dreams; One who does not obey the conventions of society, literature, or art.

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#15 Smultronställe (n.)

Pronunciation: “smUl-tron-‘stel-e

Origin: Swedish

Definition: Literally “place of wild strawberries” a special place discovered, treasured, returned to for solace and relaxation; A personal idyll free from stress or sadness.

#16 Dustsceawung (n.)

Pronunciation: ‘dUst-shA-a-wung (DOOST-shay-ah-wung)

Origin: Old English

Definition: Literally “contemplation of the dust”; Reflection on former civilizations and people, and on the knowledge that all things will turn to dust

#17 Heliophilia (n.)

Pronunciation: hE-lE-O-‘fil-E-a

Origin: English

Definition: Desire to stay in the sun; Love of sunlight

#18 Nakakapagpabagabag (adj.)

Pronunciation: na-ka-ka-PAG-pa-ba-ga-bag

Origin: Tagalog (Filipino)

Definition: Worrisome

PS: It’s hard to pronounce for the native speakers too so don’t worry if you can’t 🙂 Such a variety of pretty words in other languages.

#19 Brontide (n.)

Pronunciation: bron-tahyd

Origin: Greek

Definition: The low rumble of distant thunder

#20 Aesthete (n.)

Pronunciation: “es-THEt (ess-THEET)

Origin: Greek

Definition: Someone who cultivates an unusually high sensitivity to beauty, as in art or nature

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#21 Sophrosyne (n.)

Pronunciation: sō-fros′i-nē (suh-FROS-uh-nee)

Origin: Greek

Definition: Soundness of mind, characterized by moderation, self-control, and prudence

#22 Elysian (adj.)

Pronunciation: uh-li-zee-uhn

Origin: Greek

Definition: Beautiful or creative; Divinely inspired; Peaceful and perfect

#23 Mångata (n.)

Pronunciation: moon-gah-ta

Origin: Swedish

Definition: The glimmering roadlike reflection of the moon on the water

#24 Koi no yokan (n.)

Pronunciation: koy-noh-yo-kin

Origin: Japanese

Definition: Literally translates to “premonition of love”; The extraordinary sense one has upon first meeting someone that they will one day fall in love

#25 Abditory (n.)

Origin: Latin

Definition: A place into which you can disappear; A hiding place

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#26 Flawsome (adj.)

Pronunciation: flaw-suhm

Origin: coined by the supermodel,Tyra Banksin their showANTM(America’s Next Top Model)

Definition: an individual who embraces their quirks and flaws and knows they are awesome regardless

#27 Datsuzoku (n.)

Pronunciation: thatza-zoku

Origin: Japanese

Definition: An escape from your everyday routine

#28 Rame (adj.)

Pronunciation: raim

Origin: Balinese

Definition: Something that’s both chaotic and joyful at the same time

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#29 Vacilando (v.)

Origin: Spanish

Definition: To wander or travel with the knowledge that the journey is more important than the destination

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#30 Lehitkalev (v.)

Origin: Hebrew

Definition: Literally “to dog it”; To put up with a lower standard of uncomfortable conditions of living or travel

#31 Komorebi (n.)

Pronunciation: KOH-MOH-REHB-i

Origin: Japanese

Definition: The effect of sunlight filtering through the leaves of trees; The interplay of the aesthetics between the light and the leaves when sunlight shines through trees

#32 Metanoia (n.)

Pronunciation: meh-tah-NOY-ah

Origin: Greek

Definition: The journey of changing one’s mind, heart, self, or way of life; Spiritual conversation

#33 Peregrinate (v.)

Pronunciation: PAIR-uh-gruh-nayt

Origin: Latin

Definition: To travel or wander from place to place

#34 Perambulate (v.)

Pronunciation: puh-ram-byoo-leit

Origin: Latin

Definition: to walk or travel through or around a place or area, especially for pleasure and in a leisurely way

#35 Peripatetic (n.)

Pronunciation: peh-ruh-puh-teh-tuhk

Origin: Greek

Definition: One who walks about; A nomad; An itinerant

#36 Shinrin-yoku (n.)

Pronunciation: shindin-yoku

Origin: Japanese

Definition: To go deep into the woods for its restorative benefits; The Japanese way of forest bathing as nature therapy for peace of mind, restful sleep, and physical health

#37 Shinrabansho (n.)

Pronunciation: shi-nra-banshoo

Origin: Japanese

Definition: Literally translates to “All nature”; everything that exists in the universe

#38 Flâneur (n.)

Pronunciation: flah-neur

Origin: French

Definition: Someone who saunters or ambles around aimlessly but enjoyably observing life and his surroundings

#39 Gadabout (n.)

Pronunciation: gad-uh-bout

Origin: Middle English

Definition: A person who travels often or to many different places, especially for pleasure

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#40 Hiraeth (n.)

Pronunciation: heer-eye-th

Origin: Welsh

Definition: A homesickness for a home to which you cannot return, a home which maybe never was; The nostalgia, the yearning, the grief for the lost places of your past

#41 Toska (n.)

Pronunciation: tuh-skah

Origin: Russian

Definition: The ache of the soul; Longing with nothing to long for

#42 Dépaysement (n.)

Pronunciation: depeizmɑ̃

Origin: French

Definition: Change of scene, disorientation, culture shock; Feeling that comes from being away from your own home country, in a foreign land, surrounded by strangers; The sense of being a fish out of water

#43 Dès vu (n.)

Origin: French

Definition: Literally translates to ” seen as soon as”; The awareness that this will become a memory

#44 Rasāsvāda (n.)

Pronunciation: ra-sas-vah-da

Origin: Sanskrit

Definition: Literally translates to appreciating the taste and flavor of juice; Perception of pleasure; The taste of bliss in the absence of all thoughts

#45 Cynefin (n.)

Pronunciation: ku-nev-in

Origin: Welsh

Definition: Literally translates to “habitat”; A place or the time when we instinctively belong or feel most connected; The artist Kyffin Williams described it as a relationship:the place of your birthand of your upbringing, the environment in which you live and to which you are naturally acclimatized

#46 Safarnama (n.)

Pronunciation: su-fur-nama

Origin: Persian

Definition: Travelogue; An account of the travels

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We have a safarnama. Do you?

#47 Saudade (n.)

Pronunciation: ‘sau-“da-dE

Origin: Portuguese

Definition: “the love that remains” even after someone is gone; a nostalgic or melancholic longing to be near again to something or someone that is distant, or that has been loved and then lost

#48 Yūgen (n.)

Pronunciation: yoo-gehn

Origin: Japanese

Definition:A profound and mysterious sense of the beauty and awareness of the universe that triggers a deep emotional response

#49 Wabi-Sabi (n.)

Pronunciation: wah-bee-sah-bee

Origin: Japanese

Definition: A Japanese concept and art of imperfect beauty; The discovery of beauty within the imperfections of life and art; the acceptance of the cycle of life and death

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#50 Ukiyo (n.)

Pronunciation: u-key-yo

Origin: Japanese

Definition: Literally translates to “the floating world”; Living in the moment, detached from the bothers of life

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#51 Ikigai (n.)

Pronunciation: ee-kee-guy

Origin: Japanese

Definition: A Japanese concept literally translates to “a reason for being”; ‘a reason to get up in the morning’, to enjoy the meaning of life – passion, purpose, something one lives for

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#52 Apprivoise (adj.)

Pronunciation: ap-privoise

Origin: French

Definition: Literally translates to “to tame”; To form a bond with one another; to become known to each other through small moments

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#53 Wu wei (n.)

Pronunciation: woo-wey

Origin: Chinese

Definition: A Chinese concept and art of conscious non-action; literally translates to “inexertion”, “inaction”, or “effortless action”, or “action without action”; To embrace the flow instead of an effort to achieve a result; A deliberate and principled decision to do nothing for a reason

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#54 Còsagach (n.)

Pronunciation: coze-a-goch

Origin: Scottish Gaelic

Definition: Scottish hygge; A feeling of being snug, sheltered, and warm, inspired by fluffy rugs, cozy fires, outdoor hot tubs, and wood-burning stoves; Finding comfort in life’s simple pleasures

#55 Lagom (adv.)

Pronunciation: la-gum

Origin: Swedish

Definition: Translates to “in moderation”, “in balance”, “perfectly-simple”, “just enough”, and “suitable”; The Swedish concept of having just the right amount; not too much, not too little, just right

#56 Gigil (n.)

Pronunciation: GHEE-gheel

Origin: Filipino

Definition: The overwhelming urge to squeeze or pinch something that’s irresistibly cute and adorable

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#57 Ataraxia (n.)

Pronunciation: at-uh-rak-see-uh

Origin: Greek

Definition: A state of freedom from emotional disturbance and anxiety; Tranquility or untroubled mind

#58 Musafir (n.)

Pronunciation: musa-fir

Origin: Arabic

Definition: Traveler

Here’s a list of amazing places to visit around the world for a traveler (Musafir) in you!

#59 Wayfarer (n.)

Pronunciation: wey-fair-er

Origin: English

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Definition: Someone who travels, especially on foot

#60 Absquatulate (v.)

Pronunciation: ab-skwoch-uh-leyt

Origin: North American English

Definition: To leave without saying goodbye; Leave abruptly

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#61 Wanderlust (n.)

Pronunciation: won-der-luhst

Origin: German

Definition: A strong, innate desire to travel and explore the world

Suggested Read: 40 Inspiring Quotes about Family Travel

#62 Utepils (n.)

Pronunciation: OOH-ta-pilz

Origin: Norwegian

Definition: Literally translates to “outdoors lager”; To sit outside enjoying a beer on a sunny day

Fancy a beer outside? What’s better than enjoying one under the Midnight Sun in the Finnish Lapland?

#63 Ballagàrraidh (n.)

Pronunciation: bal-la-ga-rye

Origin: coined by The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows inspired by the Scottish Gaelic word – balla gàrraidh

Definition: Literally translates to the “garden wall”; The awareness that you are not at home in the wilderness

#64 Acatalepsy (n.)

Pronunciation: ey-kat-l-ep-see

Origin: Greek

Definition:The impossibility of comprehending the universe; The incomprehensibility of things; The belief that human knowledge can never have true certainty

#65 Waldeinsamkeit (n.)

Pronunciation: VALD-eye-n-zam-kite

Origin: German

Definition: Forest solitude; The feeling of being alone in the woods

#66 Cockaigne (n.)

Pronunciation: kaw-KAYN

Origin: French

Definition:Literally translates to “the land of plenty”; An imaginary or a fabled land of luxury and idleness

#67 Sonder (v.)

Pronunciation: sohn-dehrr

Origin: coined by John Koeing of The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows inspired by German and French word – sonder

Definition: The realization that each passerby has a life as vivid and complex as your own

#68 Boketto (v.)

Pronunciation: bo-ke-tto

Origin: Japanese

Definition: The act of gazing vacantly into the distance without a thought

#69 Sprachgefühl (n.)

Pronunciation: SHPRAHKH-guh-fuel

Origin: German

Definition: The character and spirit of a language; An intuitive sense of the rule and rhythm of language

#70 Solivagant (n.)

Pronunciation: “sO-li-‘vA-gant

Origin: Latin

Definition: A solitary wanderer; Someone who wanders alone

#71 Sehnsucht (n.)

Pronunciation: zEn-‘zUkt

Origin: German

Definition: A wistful longing or indescribable yearning in the heart for we know not what

#72 Serendipity (n.)

Pronunciation: seh-ruhn-DI-puh-tee

Origin: English

Definition: To find something good without looking for it; To discover something beautiful by chance or accidentally

#73 Mudita (n.)

Pronunciation: Muw-DIY-Taa

Origin: Sanskrit

Definition: Literally translates to “pure joy”; Sympathetic, vicarious joy; Taking delight in the happiness, success, and well-being of others

#74 Tsundoku (n.)

Pronunciation: tsoon-DOH-koo

Origin: Japanese

Definition: The art of buying books and leaving them unread, often piled together with other unread books; Book hoarding

#75 Voorpret (n.)

Pronunciation: VOR – pret

Origin: Dutch

Definition: Pre-fun; The sense of enjoyment felt before party or event takes place; joy or pleasure ahead and in anticipation of the actual fun event

#76 Meraki (v.)

Pronunciation: may-rah-kee

Origin: Greek

Definition: To do something with soul, creativity, or love; to leave a piece and essence of yourself in your work

#77 Hanyauku (v.)

Pronunciation: ha-ahn-yoh-kuu

Origin: Kwangali (Namibia)

Definition: To walk on tiptoes across hot sand

#78 Jazba (n.)

Pronunciation: jaẕ-bā

Origin: Arabic

Definition: Strong desire or passion or emotion or sentiment

#79 Drapetomania (n.)

Pronunciation: drap-et-O-mAn-E-a

Origin: Greek

Definition: An overwhelming urge to run away

#80 Querencia (n.)

Pronunciation: kweeuh-ruhn-see-uh

Origin: Spanish

Definition: A place where you are your most authentic self; A place from which your strength of character is drawn, where you feel safe, where you feel at home

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#81 Quaquaversal (adj.)

Pronunciation: kwey-kwuh-VUR-suh l

Origin: Latin

Definition:Moving or happening in every direction instantaneously towards a center

#82 Heimweh (n.)

Pronunciation: heim·veyh

Origin: German

Definition: Homesickness; Longing for home; Nostalgia

#83 Heimat (n.)

Pronunciation: hai-mat

Origin: German

Definition: A place that you can call home; A sense of belongingness, acceptance, safety, and connection to the homeland.

#84 Dérive (n.)

Pronunciation: dih-rih-vee

Origin: French

Definition:Literally translates to “drift”; A spontaneous andunplannedjourney where the traveler leaves their life behind for a time to let the spirit of landscape and architecture attract and move them

Does this ever happen to you? I felt that drift when I visited the Vis island in Croatia.

#85 Photophile (n.)

Pronunciation: pho-to-phile

Origin: English

Definition: Derived from the biological term “photophilic” for an organism that thrives in full light, it means a person who loves photography and light

#86 Ecophobia (n.)

Pronunciation: ih-ko-foh-bee-uh

Origin: English

Definition:Afear or dislike of one’s home

#87 Numinous (adj.)

Pronunciation: ‘nU-mi-nus

Origin: Latin

Definition:Literally translates to “divinity”; Describing an experience (mostly spiritual) that makes you fearful yet fascinated, awed yet attracted – the powerful, personal feeling of being overwhelmed and inspired

#88 Schwellenangst (n.)

Pronunciation: ‘shwel-en-ahngst

Origin: German

Definition:Fear of crossing a threshold to begin a new chapter; Fear of new things

#89 Strikhedonia (n.)

Pronunciation: “strik-he-‘dOn-E-a

Origin: Greek

Definition:The pleasure of being able to say “to hell with it”

#90 Vagary (n.)

Pronunciation: vuh-gair-ee,vey-guh-ree

Origin: Latin

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Definition:An unpredictable instance, a wandering journey; A whimsical, wild, unusual idea, desire, or action

#91 Livsnjutare (n.)

Pronunciation: lives-noo-tuhreh

Origin: Swedish

Definition:Literally meaning, “enjoyer of life”, This describes someone who loves life deeply and lives it to the extreme

#92 Commuovere (v.)

Pronunciation: com-muò-ve-re


Definition:To stir, to touch, to move to tears; To be moved in a heartwarming way, usually relating to a story that moved you to tears

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#93 Abendrot (n.)

Pronunctaion: A-bend-rot

Origin: German

Definition: Literally translates to “evening red”; The color of the sky while the sun is setting

#94 Serein (n.)

Pronunciation: suh-RAN

Origin: French

Definition: The fine, light rain that falls from a clear sky in the twilight hours after sunset or in the early hours of the night; Evening serenity

Read More: Sunset Quotes and Sunset Captions for Instagram

#95 Erlebnisse (n.)

Pronunciation: Ar-‘lEb-nis-e (ayr-LEEB-nis-eh)

Origin: German

Definition: The experiences, positive or negative, that we feel most deeply, and through which we truly live; Not mere experiences, but EXPERIENCES

#96 Astrophile (n.)

Pronunciation: as-trophile

Origin: English

Definition: A person who loves stars

Are you Astrophile? Then, you must take this epic stargazing road trip in Colorado!

#97 Psithurism (n.)

Pronunciation: sith-your-ism

Origin: English

Definition: The sound of the leaves rustling as the wind blows through the trees

#98 Trouvaille (n.)

Pronunciation: trU-‘vI

Origin: French

Definition:A chance encounter with something wonderful

#99 Hygge (n.)

Pronunciation: hue-guh

Origin: Danish

Definition: The warm feeling you get while enjoying the company of great friends and all life has to offer

Discover and experience the Danish concept of Hygge in Copenhagen! Hey, and also take a look at the beautiful Danish words!

#100 Onism (n.)

Origin: Danish

Definition:The awareness of how little of the world you’ll experience; The frustration of being stuck in just one body that inhabits only one place at a time

#101 Rückkehrunruhe (n.)

Pronuciation: rück·keh·run·ru·he, Rukeerenruhee

The feeling of returning home after an immersive trip only to find it fading rapidly from your awareness

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows defines – the feeling of returning home after an immersive trip only to find it fading rapidly from your awareness—to the extent you have to keep reminding yourself that it happened at all, even though it felt so vivid just days ago—which makes you wish you could smoothly cross-dissolve back into everyday life, or just hold the shutter open indefinitely and let one scene become superimposed on the next, so all your days would run together and you’d never have to callcut.

#102 Vemödalen (n.)

Pronunciation: ve·mö·da·len

Origin: Swedish

Definition: The fear that everything has already been done

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows defines – The frustration of photographing something amazing when thousands of identical photos already exist—the same sunset, same waterfall, same curve of a hip, same closeup of an eye—which can turn a unique subject into something hollow and pulpy and cheap, like a mass-produced piece of furniture you happen to have assembled yourself.

#103 Kopfkino (n.)

Pronunciation: kopf·ki·no

Origin: German

Definition: Literally translates to “head cinema”; It’s the act of playing out an entire scenario in your mind

#104 Quaintrelle (n.)

Pronunciation: quAn-‘trel

Origin: Middle English

Definition: A woman who emphasizes a life of passion expressed through personal style, leisurely pastimes, charm, and cultivation of life’s pleasures

#105 Pulchritudinous (adj.)

Pronunciation: pul-kruh-TOO-di-nuhs

Origin: English

Definition: Beyond beautiful; A person of breathtaking, heartbreaking beauty

#106 Yoko meshi (n.)

Pronunciation: yoh–koh mesh-ee

Origin: Japanese

Definition:Literally translates to “a meal eaten sideways”; It’s a beautiful and untranslatable word that describes the stress ofspeaking a foreign language.

#107 Selcouth (adj.)

Pronunciation: sel′ko̅o̅th′

Origin: Old English

Definition:Unfamiliar, rare, and strange, yet marvelous and wondrous; The way we feel the sense of wonder and amazement when we see and experience something new and unusual whilst traveling

The selcouth beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park left us awestruck!

#108 Monachopsis (n.)

Pronunciation: mona-chop-sis, MON-a-Cop-sis

Origin: Greek

Definition: The subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place, not fitting in

#109 Eudaimonia (n.)

Pronunciation: U-de-‘mOn-E

Origin: Greek

Definition:Literally translates to “human flourishing;” A contented state of being happy, healthy, and prosperous; The way we feel while traveling

#110 Natsukashii (adj.)

Pronunciation: nats-ka-‘shE, nahtzkah-SHEE

Origin: Japanese (懐かしい )

Definition: Feeling nostalgic; Bringing back happy memories of the past

#111 Coddiwomple (v.)

Pronunciation: KAHD-ee-wahm-puhl

Origin: English slang

Definition:To travel purposefully towards an unknown or vague destination

#112 Novaturient (adj.)

Pronunciation: nuh-vuh-nyoo-tree-uhnt

Origin: Latin

Definition: Desiring or seeking powerful change in one’s life, behavior, or a certain situation

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#114 Eunoia (n.)

Pronunciation: yoo-noy-iea

Origin: Greek

Definition: Beautiful thinking; A well mind

Out of the beautiful words in English, Did you know Eunoia is the shortest English word containing all five main vowel graphemes?

#115 Sturmfrei (adj.)

Pronuciation: stirm-fra

Origin: Germany

Definition: Literally translates to “storm-free”; the freedom of being alone and being able to do what your heart desires

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#116 Nemophilist (n.)

Pronunciation: ne-‘mo-fe-list

Origin: Greek

Definition: One who loves the beauty and solitude of forest; a haunter of the woods

Do you identify yourself as a Nemophilist? You must then plan a trip to one of the best national parks in the world.

#117 Halcyon (adj.)

Pronunciation: hal-see-uhn

Origin: Greek

Definition: A period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and peaceful

#118 Thalassophile (n.)

Pronunciation: thal-uh-suh-fīl

Origin: Greek

Definition: A lover of the sea or ocean

You aren’t a thalassophile if you haven’t visited Greece, Croatia, and Sri Lanka 🙂

#119 Fika (n.)Pronunciation: fee-ka

Origin: Swedish

Definition: Almost like a ritual in Swedish culture, it’s sharing a cup coffee (or tea) and cake with friends or colleagues

#120 Ogooglebar (adj.)


Origin: Swedish

Definition: Ungoogleable, someone or something that doesn’t show up in Google search results

#121 Gluggaveður (n.)

Pronunciation: glook-ah-vay-ther

Origin: Icelandic

Definition: Literally translates to “window-weather,” the type of weather that is best appreciated indoors

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#122 Arbejdsglæde (n.)

Pronunciation: ah-bites-gleh-the

Origin: Danish

Definition: Literally translates to “happiness at work,” when your work is a source of joy and happiness

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#123 Vorfreude (n.)

Pronunciation: vor-freude

Origin: German

Definition: The joyful, intense anticipation that comes from imagining future pleasures

#124 Brumous (adj.)

Pronunciation: bru·mous

Origin:Literary English

Definition: Of gray skies and winter days, filled with heavy clouds or fog

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#125 Hodophile (adj.)

Pronunciation: how-doh-phile

Origin: Greek

Definition: The one who loves to travel; A traveler with a special affinity for roads

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#126 Ubuntu (n.)

Pronunciation: oo-buhn-too

Origin: Nguni, South African

Definition: Literally translates to “humanity”; It’s the belief that we all are defined by our compassion and humanity towards others

#127 Nunchi (n.)

Pronunciation: noon-chee

Origin: Korean

Definition: Literally translates to “eye-measure”; It’s a subtle art and ability to listen and gauge others’ moods and react appropriately

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#128 Arcane (adj.)

Pronunciation: aa-kein

Origin: Latin

Definition: Secret, Mysterious, Understood by few

#129 Kaulayaw (n.)

Pronunciation: kauli-haw

Origin: Filipino or Tagalog

Definition: Intimate or close companion or friend

#130 Kos (n.)

Pronunciation: coosh

Origin: Norwegian

Definition: Danish hygge; coziness; all things warm and cozy; it can simply mean enjoying a cup of coffee with a freshly baked cinnamon bun or having a good time with family and friends or reading a good book or snuggling in a blanket while it’s snowing outside or anything that makes you feel purely happy.

Goes without saying, Norway is the best place to discover and experience the Norwegian Hygge.

#131 Ebullience (n.)

Pronunciation: uh·buh·lee·uhns

Origin: Latin

Definition: The quality of being bubbly, enthusiastic, and exuberant

#132 Goya (n.)

Pronunciation: go-yaa

Origin: Urdu (گویا)

Definition: As if; A momentary suspension of disbelief that occurs when fantasy is so realistic that it temporarily becomes reality, usually associated with a story very well told; a story that feels like reality

#133 Camhanaich(n.)

Pronunciation: kav’-an-ach

Origin: Scots-Gaelic

Definition: Early morning twilight; the half-light of dawn or dusk

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#134 Kawaakari (n.)

Pronunciation: ka-wa-a-ka-rE

Origin: Japanese

Definition: The glow of a river or stream in darkness or dusk, the gleaming surface of a shadowed river

#135 Mysa (n.)

Pronunciation: MEE-sah

Origin: Swedish, Icelandic

Definition: The feeling of comfort and protection; a time dedicated to coziness

#136 Ineffable (adj.)

Pronunciation: uh-NEH-fuh-bl

Origin: Late Middle English

Definition: Incapable of being expressed in words

#137 Nefarious (adj.)

Pronunciation: nuh-FEUH-ree-uhs

Origin: Latin

Definition: Wicked, Despicable, Villainous, Evil, Sinful

#138 Somnambulist (n.)

Pronunciation: som-nam-byuh-list

Origin: French

Definition: A sleepwalker, a person who walks around while they are asleep

#139 Akrasia (n.)

Pronunciation: uh-KRAY-zhuh

Origin: Greek

Definition: Lack of self-control or the state of acting against one’s better judgment

#140 Zephyr (n.)

Pronunciation: ZEH-fuh

Origin: Old English

Definition: A breeze from the west; a gentle breeze

#141 Hanan (n.)

Pronunciation: hana-n

Origin: Arabic

Definition: Compassion and Kindness

#142 Szerelem (n.)

Pronunciation: sze -re -lem

Origin: Hungarian

Definition: Romantic love

#143 Revontulet (n.)

Pronunciation: Re-von-tu-let

Origin: Finnish

Definition: Literally translates to Fox Fires; Aurora Borealis; Northern Lights

#144 Yötön yö(n.)

Pronunciation: Yoton-yo

Origin: Finnish

Definition: Nightless night; Midnight Sun

The summer in Finland is magical. The sun doesn’t go down at all in the northern region of Finland. It’s when you can see the magical Yötön yö.

#145 Elvágyódás (n.)

Pronunciation: El-vagyo-dash

Origin: Hungarian

Definition: The desire to get away from where you currently are; Aching for what is far away

#146 Sonrisa (n.)

Pronunciation: Sohn-ree-sah

Origin: Spanish

Definition: Smile

#147 Weltschmerz (n.)

Pronuciation: velt-shmerts

Origin: German

Definition: Literally translates to translates to “world weariness” or “world pain”; It’s a melancholic feeling that comes from the realization that the material world can’t ever comfort the emotional and mental desires

#148 Sadiq (n.)

Pronunciation: Saa-duhk

Origin: Arabic

Definition: Friend; Companion; True; Faithful; Veracious; Sincere; Honest; Loyal

#149 Forelsket (adj.)

Pronunciation: for-el-skit

Origin: Danish

Definition: Being madly in love – an ineffable euphoria experienced when one’s enamored with someone

#150 Ruhaniyat (n.)

Pronunciation: Ruu-haa-niyat

Origin: Arabic

Definition: Soulfulness; Spiritualism

#151 Sarang (n.)

Pronunciation: sa-rang

Origin: Korean

Definition: Love

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  • Saudade (Portuguese)
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  • Forelsket (Norwegian)
  • Kilig (Tagalog)
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What is the origin of most words? ›

Over 60 percent of all English words have Greek or Latin roots. In the vocabulary of the sciences and technology, the figure rises to over 90 percent. About 10 percent of the Latin vocabulary has found its way directly into English without an intermediary (usually French).

What are 5 words for beautiful? ›

  • alluring.
  • appealing.
  • charming.
  • cute.
  • dazzling.
  • delicate.
  • delightful.
  • elegant.

What are the 2 most beautiful words? ›

Summer afternoon – summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”

Which is cutest language? ›

Here are (in no particular order) the 10 most beautiful languages in the world, according to Busuu's experts
  • Italian. When it comes to the most attractive languages, for many people the native language of Italy likely springs to mind. ...
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What are the 3 most beautiful languages? ›

And the most beautiful languages in the world are…
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What was the very 1st word? ›

Also according to Wiki answers,the first word ever uttered was “Aa,” which meant “Hey!” This was said by an australopithecine in Ethiopia more than a million years ago.

What is origin of the word? ›

The root, start, or birth of something is its origin. The origin of the word origin is the Latin word originem, meaning "rise, beginning, or source." Definitions of origin. the place where something begins, where it springs into being.

What is the origin of English words? ›

A majority of English word roots come from Latin and Greek. Even English words that come from other languages like French or German are sometimes originally Latin anyway—so they were Latin first, then became French or German and then they became English.

What is the meaning of Ulotrichous? ›

adjective. ulot·​ri·​chous. -rə̇kəs. : exhibiting ulotrichy : having woolly or crisp hair.

What is the most powerful word? ›

Why is yet the most powerful word in the English language? Because when you add yet to the end of a sentence, you completely change the connotation of that sentence. You can say, “I don't understand it,” or you can say, “I don't understand it YET”. (I know which one I would prefer to hear as a teacher.)

What's the rarest word in English? ›

11 Rarest Words in the English Language
  • Obelus.
  • Nudiustertian.
  • Nikehedonia.
  • Metanoia.
  • Meldrop.
  • Lalochezia.
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  • Gargalesthesia.
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What's a 7 letter word for beautiful? ›

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What are 10 interesting words? ›

10 unusual words to add to your English vocabulary
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  • Cacophony. ...
  • Draconian. ...
  • Limerence. ...
  • Pareidolia. ...
  • Riposte. ...
  • Sanctimony.

What is a cute word? ›

adorable, beautiful, charming, delightful, pleasant, pretty, dainty.

What is a unique word? ›

To explain this very simply, a unique word is one that's unusual or different in some way. It might have a complicated history or interesting connections to another language. But, primarily what makes an English word interesting is its unusual spelling, pronunciation or meaning.

What is an amazing word? ›

awesome, fascinating, incredible, marvelous, prodigious, shocking, stunning, surprising, unbelievable, wonderful.

Which language is very best? ›

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Which language sounds best? ›

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  4. 4 Spanish. ...
  5. 5 Portuguese. ...
  6. 6 Arabic. ...
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What is the most romantic language? ›

French. French is often considered to be the most romantic language in the world. It is another Romance language that originated from Latin. French is a very musical language, and its pronunciation contributes to its melody.

What is the most softest language? ›

The language which is considered to be the softest is the Italian language. The romance language is spoken by 66 million people across the world. This language has become very popular in the past years because of its softness and sweetness.

What are attractive words? ›

alluring, beautiful, charming, engaging, enticing, fair, glamorous, good-looking, gorgeous, handsome, interesting, inviting, lovely, pleasant, pleasing, tempting, adorable, agreeable, beckoning, bewitching.

What are glowing words? ›

  • shining.
  • luminous.
  • dazzling.
  • radiant.
  • gleaming.
  • shiny.
  • bright.
  • shimmering.

What is the oldest word for God? ›

Originally Answered: What is the most ancient recorded word to describe the earliest God? So far, Anu, the Sumerian sky deity, is the oldest on record.

What's the oldest English word? ›

According to a 2009 study by researchers at Reading University, the oldest words in the English language include “I“, “we“, “who“, “two” and “three“, all of which date back tens of thousands of years.

What is the oldest known word for love? ›

The word 'love' was once '*leubh', a word used by the Proto-Indo-Europeans approximately five thousand years ago to describe care and desire. When 'love' was incorporated into Old English as 'lufu', it had turned into both a noun to describe, 'deep affection' and its offspring verb, 'to be very fond of'.

What is the origin of my name? ›

The name My is primarily a female name of Scandinavian origin that means Form Of Mary.

What is an example of origin? ›

You can refer to the beginning, cause, or source of something as its origin or origins. ... theories about the origin of life. The disorder in military policy had its origins in Truman's first term.

How old is the word word? ›

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Initial releaseOctober 25, 1983 (as Multi-Tool Word)
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How old is English language? ›

The earliest forms of English, collectively known as Old English, evolved from a group of West Germanic (Ingvaeonic) dialects brought to Great Britain by Anglo-Saxon settlers in the 5th century and further mutated by Norse-speaking Viking settlers starting in the 8th and 9th centuries.

Who created most English words? ›

William Shakespeare is credited with the invention or introduction of over 1,700 words that are still used in English today. William Shakespeare used more than 20,000 words in his plays and poems, and his works provide the first recorded use of over 1,700 words in the English language.

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1 plural : characteristic apparatus : trappings. 2 a : the dress characteristic of an occupation or occasion — usually used in plural. b : clothes — usually used in plural.

How do you use Ulotrichous in a sentence? ›

Example sentences

The whole family is has a ulotrichous streak.

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Using power words and phrases at work helps inspire a more enjoyable workplace environment for everyone.
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'The' tops the league tables of most frequently used words in English, accounting for 5% of every 100 words used. “'The' really is miles above everything else,” says Jonathan Culpeper, professor of linguistics at Lancaster University. But why is this?

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What is the hardest word to speak? ›

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  • Rural.
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  • Squirrel.
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What are some fancy words? ›

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What is the most luxurious word? ›

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What are cute sounding words? ›

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  • glitter.
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  • snuggle.
  • pipsqueak.
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What is the cutest word ever? ›

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What is a big smart word? ›

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  • Ubiquitous.

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