Beautiful Words in Spanish

¡Hola! Welcome to our collection of beautiful Spanish words.

We have plenty of interesting Spanish words for you to sift through – from deep words about feeling and life to bright, cheerful adjectives. Spanish has some great words for feelings, sensations and situations that don’t exist in English, so we thought they’d make an interesting entry – especially my favourite Spanish word, “acuchar” (to hug someone so tightly that they can’t breathe). With Spanish’s rolling r’s and flowing, bouncy pronunciation, half the fun in reading a word list like this is trying to read along as you go – so have fun and good luck picking your way through these beautiful Spanish words.

Apart from being a fun read, Spanish is also the second most widely spoken native language, with hundreds of millions of native speakers world-wide. Many Spanish words are derived from Latin (estimates run at 75% of Spanish being Latin in origin) and Arabic and more recently, English and French (and many English words are taken from Spanish). Even though it’s called a Romance language and is considered quite flowery, delicate and romantic by many, it’s great for business and diplomacy due to its international prevalence and recognition as one of the six official languages of the United Nations. So if you’re not scrolling through word lists of different languages casually, but are doing some actual research and/or considering picking up another language, Spanish is a great and versatile choice. While the pronunciation can be difficult, it’s an easier language to start learning than some others as it uses the same alphabet as English (almost – we’ll go through this a bit more soon).So let’s have a quick look at Spanish phonetics. Spanish has five vowel phonemes and 19 consonant phonemes, three of which are nasal. It’s distinctive for its tapped and trilled “r” sounds, which contributes to its reputation as an aurally complex and beautiful language. Spanish is a syllable-timed language, meaning that each syllable is given about the same amount of time to pronounce (even if the syllables have different emphasis or stress). It’s also a phonetic language, which means that the way a word is written is how it’s pronounced.

Like French, Spanish is a gendered language – so all of its nouns have a gender of either masculine or feminine assigned to it. As mentioned earlier, it’s also a Romance language (meaning of Latin origin – not that it’s great for wooing) so it shares lots of cognates and loanwords with other Romance languages, like Italian, French and Portuguese. So if you’re looking to pick up a versatile language, learning Spanish will also greatly help your understanding of other Latin-derived languages.

We now know a bit about what Spanish sounds like, so what about how it looks? I wrote earlier that Spanish uses almost the same alphabet as English – Spanish has 27 letters rather than our 26, as well as 2 digraphs. In Spanish, the letters “k” and “w” are only ever used in words that have come from foreign languages (sort of like how Japanese uses katakana). It also uses punctuation a little differently – while it still uses question and exclamation marks, and for the same purposes, they’re inverted – so watch out for those.

List of Beautiful Words in Spanish

  • sobremesa (n.) the time spent talking and enjoying company long after a meal has finished.
  • encantar (v.) to like or love very much. also expresses the feeling of being charmed or enchanted.
  • vivir (v.) to live.
  • acuchar (v.) to hug and squeeze someone so hard that they can’t breathe
  • rocambolesco (adj.) something unusual, bizarre or extraordinary
  • perenne (adj.) a slightly romantic way to describe an everlasting thing.
  • añoranza (n.) a longing or craving.
  • milagro (n.) a miracle.
  • duende (n): the feeling of overwhelming awe and majesty, usually inspired by nature. a feeling of magic and a place of one’s sense in the world.
  • te quiero (n.) an expression of feeling between “like” and “love”.
  • medianoche (n.) midnight
  • luz (n.) light
  • órale (adj.) a versatile expression that can convey shock, surprise, awe, or happiness.
  • etéreo (adj.) ethereal, short-lived, transient.
  • petricor (n.) the smell of the ground after rain.
  • inefable (adj.) something indescribable, unutterable. a thing that cannot be expressed because of how sacred it is.
  • inmarcesible (adj.) unfading, eternal, everlasting. also used to describe a flower that doesn’t wither.
  • serendipia (n.) serendipity. a happy result by luck or chance rather than by design.
  • ataraxia (n.) Serenity, peace. A mood or state of quiet and calm.
  • esperanza (n.) hope or expectation.
  • estrella (n.) star
  • lucero (n.) bright star
  • alegría (n.) joy
  • neblina (n.) mist
  • felicidad (n.) happiness
  • sosiego (n.) quietness, tranquillity.
  • sirimiri (n.) a light, misty rain.
  • madrugada (n.) the moment at dawn when night turns to day.
  • abrigado (adj.) being wrapped up cosy and warm.
  • desamor (n.) a lack of love or affection
  • aturdido (adj.) to be so overwhelmed by emotion that you can’t think straight; stunned
  • desvelarse (v.) unable to get to sleep.
  • mudita (n.) deriving delight in the happiness and good fortune of others.
  • querencia (n.) the place where you feel at home and like your most honest self, where you can rest and draw strength.
  • nefelibata (n.) one who lives in a fantasy of their own imagination and doesn’t live by usual social norms.
  • sonrojado (n.) blushing
  • ojalá (adj.) being hopeful about the future.
  • soledad (n.) a state of complete isolation and peace to the point of perfect tranquillity.
  • saudade (n.) a deep and emotional longing for an absent something or someone.
  • ensueño (adj.) like a dream. usually used to describe something very beautiful, pleasurable, something that you badly want but is difficult to achieve.
  • epifanía (n.) epiphany.
  • empaparse (v.) to soak up, immerse, overwhelm.
  • escuchar (v.) to listen
  • tiquismiquis (adj.) to be exceptionally fussy; fastidious or picky.
If this post has helped you decide that you’d like to know more about Spanish, there are plenty of great resources to learn more about the language (or actually learn to use it). Babbel, BBC, FluentU and Duolingo are all very comprehensive learning websites, and all have their own learning apps too. Spanish101 is an excellent podcast for anyone practising their listening and speaking – and don’t forget that Youtube has various Spanish vloggers and learning channels for you to follow as well. If you’re looking to acclimatise yourself to seeing more Spanish words in your daily life, don’t forget that there’s Spanish radio and Spanish newspaper websites too (and it’s also very easy to translate websites between Spanish and English).

These beautiful words in Spanish were collected through travels of various linguistic blogs and sites, including FluentU, BBC, and Babbel. Other sites like Pinterest, Tumblr, Reddit and Quora, while not primarily language based or focused, were nevertheless helpful with their lists of interesting and favourite Spanish words. If you have a great Spanish source we haven’t heard of and you’d like to share, let us know!

While I’ve been very careful in compiling this collection of beautiful Spanish words for you, I would not at all be surprised if I’ve misspelled a word or misplaced an accent. If you’ve found something that needs to be edited, updated, removed (or added!), leave a comment or let me know and I’ll be all over it as soon as I can. In addition to that, while I do look at media for word inspiration, I always make sure to write the meanings by myself – so if you see something else on the big bad interweb that looks too similar, that’s unintentional – just flip me a comment or e-mail and I’ll be onto it as quick as I can.

If there are certain other Spanish words you’d like to see, or a different language you’d like an entry on, get in contact. I hope that you were able to find some value in this word list, but I know it’s impossible to encompass the big and impossible beauty of a language in one small post, so let me know what you’d like to see.

Until then, happy wandering around the internet, and see you soon (hopefully in one of our other language posts)!