The 100 most beautiful words in English.

Maybe, at some point in your life, you’ve wanted to know what words sound best. What words would make your sentences ripple and bounce back. One useful source I’ve found on this is alphaDictionary’s ‘The 100 Most Beautiful Words in English’. It’s a book (and you’re supposed to buy it), but they give you the full list on the page linked below.

The list was compiled by Robert Beard, who’s been dealing with words (making dictionaries, creating word lists, and writing poetry) for 40 years. For five years he wrote the Word of the Day at, and since 2004 he’s written up to 1500 words in the series ‘So, What’s the Good Word?’ at alphaDictionary.

Just a sample of the diamond list: (some of the definitions are from Oxford)

Becoming: Attractive

Beleaguer: To exhaust with attacks

Effervescent: Giving off bubbles; fizzy

Opulent: Lush, luxuriant

Petrichor: The smell of earth after rain

Surreptitious: Secretive, sneaky

Vestigial: In trace amounts

Hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did (and still do)!



Author: Jessica Y

Economics student at the University of Cambridge. Aspiring data scientist.

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