Apr
16

Beautiful Words to Spruce Up your Vocabulary

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 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 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 as eutony.

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 beautiful words that stir my mind and soul. Apart from my favorite English words, the list has foreign words 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 and heartfelt words to your vocabulary? Let’s get going!

Apricity (n.)

Pronunciation: a-PRIS-i-tee

Origin: Latin

Definition: the warmth of the sun in winter

apricity unusual beautiful words

Rakuyou (n.)

Pronunciation: ra-ku-yo

Origin: Japanese (落葉 )

Definition: golden fallen or shedded leaves

Rakuyou Japanese beautiful words

Retrouvailles (n.)

Pronunciation: ruh-troov-eye

Origin: French

Definition: the happiness of meeting again after a long time

 retrouvailles french words beautiful words

Hitoritabi (n.) 一人旅

Origin: Japanese

Definition: traveling alone, solitary journey

hitoritabi beautiful travel words

Luftmensch (n.)

Pronunciation: LOOFT-mensh

Origin: Yiddish

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

Luftmensch unusual travel words

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

Raconteur french beautiful words

Sirimiri (n.)

Pronunciation:

Origin: Spanish

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

sirimiri spanish beautiful words

Rimjhim (n.)

Pronunciation: rim-jhim

Origin: Sanskrit

Definition: pitter-patter of a light drizzle

rimjhim sanskrit beautiful words

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

petrichor greek beautiful words

Morii (n.)

Pronunciation:

Origin: The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

Definition: the desire to capture a fleeting moment

morii beautiful words the dictionary of obscure sorrows

Fernweh (n.)

Pronunciation: FEIRN-veyh

Origin: German

Definition: an ache for 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

fernweh travel words

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

swedish words resfeber beautiful travel words

Nefelibata (n.)

Pronunciation: ne-fe-lE-‘ba-ta

Origin: Portuguese

Definition: literally translates to “cloud-walker”; colloquilly “daydreamer”; one who lives in the clouds of their own imagination or dreams; one who does not obey the convetions of society, literature, or art.

Portuguese words nefelibata beautiful travel words

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.

swedish words smultronställe beautiful travel words

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

Dustsceawung beautiful travel words

Heliophilia (n.)

Pronunciation: hE-lE-O-‘fil-E-a

Origin: English

Definition: desire to stay in the sun; love of sunlight

Heliophilia beautiful english words

Brontide (n.)

Pronunciation: bron-tahyd

Origin: Greek

Definition: the low rumble of distant thunder

Brontide beautiful words

Aesthete (n.)

Pronunciation: “es-THEt (ess-THEET)

Origin: Greek

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

greek words Aesthete beautiful words

Sophrosyne (n.)

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

Origin: Greek

Definition: soundness of mind, charachterized by moderation, self-control, and prudence

greek words sophrosyne beautiful words

Elysian (adj.)

Pronunciation: uh-li-zee-uhn

Origin: Greek

Definition: beautiful or creative; divinely inspired; peaceful and perfect

greek words elysian beautiful words

Mångata (n.)

Pronunciation: moon-gah-ta

Origin: Swedish

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

Mångata swedish beautiful wpords

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

Koi no yokan beautiful japanese words

Abditory (n.)

Origin: Latin

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

abditory pretty words with meanings

Flawsome (adj.)

Pronunciation: flaw-suhm

Origin: coined by the supermodel, Tyra Banks in their show ANTM (America’s Next Top Model)

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

Flawsome beautiful words

Datsuzoku (n.)

Pronunciation: thatza-zoku

Origin: Japanese

Definition: an escape from your everyday routine

Datsuzoku beautiful japanese words

Rame (adj.)

Pronunciation: raim

Origin: Balinese

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

rame beautiful words in balinese

Vacilando (v.)

Origin: Spanish

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

Vacilando beautiful spanish words

Lehitkalev (v.)

Origin: Hebrew

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

Lehitkalev beautiful words in hebrew

Komorebi (n.)

Pronunciation: KOH-MOH-REHB-i

Origin: Japaneses

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

Komorebi beautiful japanese words

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

Metanoia beautiful words with greek origin

Peregrinate (v.)

Pronunciation: PAIR-uh-gruh-nayt

Origin: Latin

Definition: to travel or wander from place to place

Peregrinate beautiful words in latin

Perambulate (v.)

Pronunciation: puh-ram-byoo-leit

Origin: Latin

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

perambulate beautiful words in latin

Peripatetic (n.)

Pronunciation: peh-ruh-puh-teh-tuhk

Origin: Greek

Definition: one who walks about; a nomad; an itinerant

Peripatetic beautiful words

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

Shinrin-yoku beautiful words in japanese

Shinrabansho (n.)

Pronunciation: shi-nra-banshoo

Origin: Japanese

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

Shinrabansho beautiful words in japanese

Flâneur (n.)

Pronunciation: flah-neur

Origin: French

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

Flâneur pretty words in french

Gadabout (n.)

Pronunciation: gad-uh-bout

Origin: Middle English

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

Gadabout middle english beautiful travel words

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

Hiraeth welsh beautiful travel words

Toska (n.)

Pronunciation: tuh-skah

Origin: Russian

Definition: ache of soul; longing with nothing to long for

toska russian travel words

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

Dépaysement french travel words

Dès vu (n.)

Origin: French

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

Dès vu travel words in french language

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

rasasvada sanskrit words

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 birth and of your upbringing, the environment in which you live and to which you are naturally acclimatised

Cynefin welsh travel words

Safarnama (n.)

Pronunciation: su-fur-nama

Origin: Persian

Definition: travelogue; an account of the travels

safarnama persian travel words

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

Saudade portuguese travel words

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

Yūgen japanese travel words

Wabi-Sabi (n.)

Pronunciation: wah-bee-sah-bee

Origin: Japanese

Definition: a Japaneses 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

wabi sabi beautiful japanese words

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

Ukiyo beautiful words in japanese

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

ikigai beautiful words in japanese

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

Apprivoise beautiful words in french

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 effort to achieve a result; a delibrate and principled decision to do nothing for a reason

wu wei chinese words beautiful words

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

Còsagach scottish gaelic beautiful words

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

lagom beautiful swedish words

Gigil (n.)

Pronunciation: GHEE-gheel

Origin: Filipino

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

Ataraxia (n.)

Pronunciation: at-uh-rak-see-uh

Origin: Greek

Definition: a state of freedom from emotional disturbance and anxiety; tranquility or untroubled mind

Ataraxia beautiful words

Musafir (n.)

Pronunciation: musa-fir

Origin: Arabic

Definition: traveler

musafir arabic words beautiful travel words

Wayfarer (n.)

Pronunciation: wey-fair-er

Origin: English

Definition: someone who travels, especially on foot

Wayfarer beautiful travel words in english

Absquatulate (v.)

Pronunciation: ab-skwoch-uh-leyt

Origin: North American English

Definition: to leave without saying goodbye; leave abruptly

Absquatulate beautiful words in english

Wanderlust (n.)

Pronuciation: won-der-luhst

Origin: German

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

wanderlust travel words in german

Utepils (n.)

Pronunciation: OOH-ta-pilz

Origin: Norwegian

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

utepils norwegian words

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

Ballagàrraidh travel words the dictionary of obscure sorrows

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

Acatalepsy beautiful words of greek origin

Waldeinsamkeit (n.)

Pronunciation: VALD-eye-n-zam-kite

Origin: German

Definition: forest solitude; the feeling of being alone in the woods

Waldeinsamkeit german travel words

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

Cockaigne beautiful travel words of french origin

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

sonder travel words the dictionary of obscure sorrows

Boketto (v.)

Pronunciation: bo-ke-tto

Origin: Japanese

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

boketto beautiful words in japanese

Sprachgefühl (n.)

Pronunciation: SHPRAHKH-guh-fuel

Origin: German

Definition: the character and spirit of a language; an intutive sense of the rule and rhythm of language

Sprachgefühl pretty words in german

Solivagant (n.)

Pronunciation: “sO-li-‘vA-gant

Origin: Latin

Definition: a solitary wanderer; someone who wanders alone

Solivagant beautiful travel words

Sehnsucht (n.)

Pronunciation: zEn-‘zUkt

Origin: German

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

Sehnsucht german words pretty words with beautiful meanings

Serendipity (n.)

Pronuciation: seh-ruhn-DI-puh-tee

Origin: English

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

serendipity pretty words in english

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

mudita beautiful words in sanskrit

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

Tsundoku beautiful words in japanese

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

voorpret dutch words beautiful words

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

meraki beautiful words with meanings

Hanyauku (v.)

Pronunciation: ha-ahn-yoh-kuu

Origin: Kwangali (Namibia)

Definition: to walk on tiptoes across hot sand

Hanyauku Kwangali words to add to vocabulary

Jazba (n.)

Pronuciation: jaẕ-bā

Origin: Arabic

Definition: strong desire or passion or emotion or sentiment

jazba arabic words

Drapetomania (n.)

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

Origin: Greek

Definition: an overwhelming urge to run away

Drapetomania beautiful words in english

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

Querencia spanish words with meanings

Quaquaversal (adj.)

Pronuciation: kwey-kwuh-VUR-suh l

Origin: Latin

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

Heimweha (n.)

Pronunciation: heim·veyh

Origin: German

Definition: homesickness; longing for home; nostalgia

Heimat (n.)

Pronunciation: hai-mat

Origin: German

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

Dérive (n.)

Pronunciation: dih-rih-vee

Origin: French

Definition: literally translates to “drift”; a spontaneous and unplanned journey where the traveller leaves their life behind for a time to let the spirit of landscape and architecture attract and move them

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

Ecophobia (n.)

Pronunciation: ih-ko-foh-bee-uh

Origin: English

Definition: a fear or dislike of one’s home

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

Schwellenangst (n.)

Pronunciation: ‘shwel-en-ahngst

Origin: German

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

Strikhedonia (n.)

Pronunciation: “strik-he-‘dOn-E-a

Origin: Greek

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

Vagary (v.)

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

Origin: Latin

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

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

Commuovere (v.)

Pronunciation: com-muò-ve-re

Origin: Italian

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

Abendrot (n.)

Pronunctaion: A-bend-rot  

Origin: German

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

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 night; evening serenity

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

Astrophile (n.)

Pronunciation: as-trophile

Origin: English

Definition: a person who loves stars

Psithurism (n.)

Pronunciation: sith-your-ism

Origin: English

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

Trouvaille (n.)

Pronunciation: trU-‘vI

Origin: French

Definition: A chance encounter with something wonderful.

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

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

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 call cut.

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.

Kopfkino (n.)

Pronuciation: kopf·ki·no

Origin: German

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

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

Pulchritudinous (adj.)

Pronunciation: pul-kruh-TOO-di-nuhs

Origin: English

Definition: beyond beautiful; a person of breathtaking, heartbreaking beauty

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 of speaking a foreign language.

Selcouth (adj.)

Pronunciation: sel′ko̅o̅th′

Origin: Old English

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

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

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 I feel while traveling

Natsukashii (adj.)

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

Origin: Japanese (懐かしい )

Definition: feeling nostalgic; bringing back happy memories of the past

Coddiwomple (v.)

Pronunciation: KAHD-ee-wahm-puhl

Origin: English slang

Definition: To travel purposefully towards an unkown or vague destination

Novaturient (adj.)

Pronunciation: nuh-vuh-nyoo-tree-uhnt

Origin: Latin

Definition: desiring or seeking powerful change in one’s life, behaviour, or a certain situation

Eleutheromania (n.)

Pronunciation: el-U-“ther-O-‘mAn-E-a

Origin: Greek

Definition: an intense and irresistible desire for freedom

Eunoia (n.)

Pronunciation: yoo-noy-iea

Origin: Greek

Definition: beautiful thinking; a well mind

*Did you know Eunoia is the shortest English word containing all five main vowel graphemes.

Eunoia beautiful words

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

sturmfrei beautiful words with meanings

Nemophilist (n.)

Pronunciation: ne-‘mo-fe-list

Origin: Greek

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

nemophilist beautiful words

Halcyon (adj.)

Pronunciation: hal-see-uhn

Origin: Greek

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

halcyon pretty words

Thalassophile (n.)

Pronunciation: thal-uh-suh-fīl

Origin: Greek

Definition: a lover of the sea or ocean

thalassophile beautiful words

Fika (n.)

Pronunuciation: 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

fika swedish culture beautiful words

Ogooglebar (adj.)

Pronunciation:

Origin: Swedish

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

Ogooglebar unusual swedish words

Gluggaveður (n.)

Pronunciation: glook-ah-vay-ther

Origin: Icelandic

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

Gluggaveður beautiful words in icelandic

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

arbejdsglæde beautiful words in danish

Vorfreude (n.)

Pronunciation: vor-freude

Origin: German

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

Vorfreude beautiful words in german language

Brumous (adj.)

Pronunciation: bru·mous

Origin: Literary English

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

brumous beautiful words in english

Hodophile (adj.)

Pronunciation: how-doh-phile

Origin: Greek

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

hodophile greek words travel words

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

Ubuntu Nguni words beautiful words

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

Nunchi korean words

I’m sure with so many new words added to your vocabulary, it’d be a cinch to describe your emotions, your life or just you.

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