There are a lot of beautiful and interesting words in Spanish, but here we’ve compiled some of our favorites. Add these to your vocabulary and feel free to use them on days when you want to add more colour to your words (or perhaps if you want to sound fancier than usual).
Take note that these are not common words spoken in everyday Spanish, but nonetheless, they are interesting and lovely words that would be a great addition to your vocabulary.
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1 . Impío (m) / Impía (f) – Impious: a ruthless or despicable person.
2. Dadivoso (m) / Dadivosa (f) – Generous. This fancy Spanish word can just as easily be replaced by much more common, less beautiful-sounding synonyms like generoso or abundante.
3. Orate – Madman: A really uncommon word that refers to a crazy person.
4. Dédalo – Maze, labyrinth. This isn’t something you would hear everyday, but it’s a beautiful word that comes from “Daedalus”, the maker of the Labyrinth in Greek mythology.
5. Execrable – appalling; atrocious. Some people would just be contented with saying antipático or desagradable to describe something unpleasant, but for something so reprehensible, this word says it best.
6. Etéreo (m) / Etérea (f) – Ethereal. This word is just as wonderful as its English counterpart and evokes an imagery of something as intangible and delicate as it sounds.
7. Petricor: that delightful smell of rain touching the ground… Can you picture it in your mind? That’s petricor.
8. Efímero (m) / Efímera (f) – Ephemeral. Another beautiful word in both English and Spanish, this refers to something fleeting or short-lived.
9. Perenne – Perennial. This word rarely appears in everyday speech and is often replaced with the more common “permanente”. But it’s a more poetic way to say something is everlasting.
10. Inefable. Something that cannot be expressed or described, something unutterable or simply cannot be spoken because of its sacredness. It’s inefable.
11. Inmarcesible – Unfathomable, everlasting, undying, unfading. This word is also used to describe a flower that doesn’t wither.
12. Serendipia – Serendipity. That amazing happenstance when you come across something totally unexpected. Just like its English version, it’s a lovely word.
13. Ademán – Gesture. You can just as easily say “gesto” to describe the gestures and actions people make when they talk. But if you’re feeling fancy, ademán is the word for you.
14. Ataraxia – a state of serene calmness; a mood of total quietness and peace.
15. Inconmensurable – Immeasurable. It’s unfathomable, boundless, incalculable. In Spanish, you say, inconmensurable.
16. Ornitorrinco – Platypus. Don’t you just love how the word “Ornitorrinco” rolls off in your tongue? This word is already long and playful, but it seems to suit perfectly the animal it names: a mammal that lives underwater and also has a duck beak.
17. Pavonearse — Strutting around like a peacock. There is no exact word for this in English, but when someone struts around like they own the place, it’s called pavonearse.
18. Muérgano (m) / Muérgana (f). This may be a beautiful word, but this uncommon adjective refers to someone mean; an ill-spirited person with bad intentions.
19. Dilapidar (verb) – To squander. There are much more familiar terms that mean the same such as “malgastar”, but dilapidar is a more fancy way to say to waste or throw away money.
20. Vergüenza Ajena – to feel embarrassed for someone. There is no exact counterpart to this word in English, but I know you know the feeling. That extreme embarrassment you feel for somebody else? The Spanish call it Vergüenza Ajena.
Which one is your favorite on this list? Let us know in the comments! 🙂
Janey is a fan of different languages and studied Spanish, German, Mandarin, and Japanese in college. She has now added French into the mix, though English will always be her first love. She loves reading anything (including product labels).
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