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The Top 10 Most Beautiful English Words

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22 April, 2016
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There are over a million words in the English Language: some with simple definitions, some with beautifully precise meanings, and some that just simply sound more beautiful when spoken. Words are so much more than a meagre compilation of letters; they form sentences and sentences form paragraphs, books, and stories. Words are a powerful form of communication for someone who wants to share their message with another person.

In celebration of the UN English Language Day on 23 April – one of six days recognized by the UN to celebrate multilingualism and its six official languages – we’ve put together what we consider the top 10 most beautiful English words.


10. Serendipity (n.)

The chance occurrence of events in a beneficial way.

Example: We all have experienced the serendipity of important information arriving just when we were least expecting it.


9. Petrichor (n.)

The pleasant, earthy smell after rain.

Example: Although I do love the pleasant, dewy petrichor of the post-rain afternoon, I still hope the weather stays sunny.


8. Supine (adj.)

Lying face upwards

Example: She was lying supine on the beach chair looking at the sky.


7. Solitude (n.)

A state of seclusion or isolation.

Example: We enjoyed the beauty and solitude of the quiet beach more than ever.

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6. Aurora (n.)

The dawn in the early morning.

Example: The aurora over the skyline was too beautiful not to photograph.


5. Idyllic (adj.)

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

Example: The blossom growing in the courtyard created such an idyllic setting.


4. Clinomania (n.)

Excessive desire to stay in bed.

Example: I definitely have clinomania; I love sleeping, making mornings a struggle for me.


3. Pluviophile (n.)

A lover of rain; someone who finds joy and peace of mind during rainy days.

Example: My sister is a real pluviophile; she really enjoys the weather in the rainy season.


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2. Euphoria (n.)

A feeling or state of intense excitement and happiness.

Example: The euphoria of passing my final example is a feeling I will never forget.


1. Sequoia (n.)

(A 7 letter word that has the letter Q and all 5 vowels)

A redwood tree, especially the California redwood.

Example: I love visiting forests where you can see a sequoia.


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