What’s the Most Beautiful Word in English?


If someone asked you to name the most beautiful word or phrase in English, how would you choose? Would it be based on the meaning of the word? How it sounds? How it’s spelled?

There are some words, like “love,” “comely,” or “demure,” that seem like solid contenders. But the compound word that some believe to be the most inherently beautiful will likely come as a colossal surprise.

“Cellar door.” That’s no typo. In terms of phonaesthetics, cellar door is often held up as an example of the most euphonic sound combination. J.R.R. Tolkien, author of  The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, is credited as one of the first to make this claim.

Phonaesthetics is the study of the euphony and cacophony of words without regard for semantics. Phonaesthetics derives from two Greek word parts that mean “voice-sound” and “aesthetics.”

Euphony is used most commonly to describe the pleasing, agreeable sound effect of poetry. In general, vowel sounds are more euphonious. Cacophony, meaning harsh and discordant, is the opposite of euphony. Cacophony comes from the Greek word parts meaning “bad,” “evil,” and “voice.”

Say the words slowly: “cellar door.” Is the sound pleasing to your ears? Let us know what you think the most beautiful words are in English and why on our Facebook or Twitter accounts.

And if you’re interesting in reading the results of our last beautiful-word collection, you can see the most popular of the beautiful choices here!


  1. Thea Ramsay -  October 31, 2016 - 12:25 pm

    I was born totally blind and have the condition referred to in this article; only I don’t hear colors or taste letters. I touch words and sounds. This phenomenon is called synesthesia.
    The most beautiful words to me are ‘th’ words: there, that, thee-= fuzzy pipe cleaners stroking or caressing my hands or legs; theater, Thea, empa-THY–=feathery touches from hands made of feathers pressing both sides of my face, to a single feather tracing down my cheek. These textures are intense, ecstatic, and I wouldn’t give them up for the whole world.
    Also the sound “fur” sends fur down my arms in an unbelievably soft cascade, while “woo” presses fluffy, creamy smooth round fur balloons against my forehead, till I melt from top to bottom.

  2. Sam -  September 25, 2016 - 5:31 am

    I think Persepolis is so beautiful. it means the city of Persians.

    • Ismael -  September 25, 2016 - 5:33 am

      persepolis is also the name of a football club :-)

  3. MIM -  August 16, 2016 - 7:01 pm

    I could not believe it when I read that “cellar door.” is often held up as an example of the most euphonic sound combination.
    When I hear /speak those words, all I can think of is the opening to a cold, dark place.

  4. Natalie -  May 2, 2016 - 9:10 pm

    There’s something so beautiful about the spoken word, and how those sounds are able to paint pictures in one’s mind. Ever since I was little, I always loved having my mother read to me. There wasn’t anything too special about my mother’s voice, other than the facts that it was familiar and comforting to me. But, I loved hearing the soft “th” sounds in words like wither, and feather. I also loved the hard consonant sounds, like “k”, in the word cook. I don’t know why, but I love hearing that word, especially when being read aloud from a book.

    • Fifi -  July 2, 2016 - 6:00 pm

      Mountain Dew
      Night meadow
      Lily pod

  5. Me -  March 22, 2016 - 11:17 pm


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  7. The one with the hidden sausage -  November 6, 2015 - 2:58 am


  8. Hoober -  October 30, 2015 - 8:54 am

    Kruft. Gruffles. Tuple. One is real, can you guess which?

    • Jo -  November 8, 2015 - 4:08 am

      I love the word ” wilderness” . It just gives you such a universal feeling.

  9. Hoober -  October 30, 2015 - 7:59 am

    Since being very young I’ve loved the word calligraphy, pronounced as cOlligraphy though, I purely like it because of how my tongue feels in my mouth as I say it. Also I notice many entries here have some sort of La sound in them.

  10. eliza -  October 15, 2015 - 1:46 am

    the most eye catching and breath taking word for me is” imagination” it feeds your creativity and passion for adventures and romance, it is the thing that is still the young child that we all have inside us and gives us will for inspiration .

  11. Rebecca -  September 17, 2015 - 3:33 pm

    I like anesthetize. Also partial to i griega, the Spanish word for the letter Y.

  12. Blarg -  September 17, 2015 - 8:31 am

    Concatenation is my pick. Goddamn is also a pleasing and infinitely more useful word.

  13. Edward Terry -  September 15, 2015 - 2:31 pm

    My favorite word is porte cochere. I know it’s French but so many words in the English are derived from other languages that I think this qualifies..

  14. Jovian -  September 11, 2015 - 6:25 am

    Syphilis was a contender in my American Lit class. At first we were all apalled, but when you think on it, it’s extremely pleasing…to the ear.

  15. Sam -  September 11, 2015 - 5:05 am

    “Fruition” is fun to say.

  16. Me -  June 25, 2015 - 2:06 pm

    I like the word intricate

    • Brenda -  September 7, 2015 - 7:27 pm

      Even as a child I knew that I loved the sound of two words – hyena and Ethiopia. I was not aware that liking the soud of certain words was associated with something called phonoaesthetics. I was also not aware until I was an adult that viewing letters and numbers as coloured was not so weird but had a name – syneasthesia.

    • David -  September 12, 2015 - 7:35 am

      I notice a lot of people commenting “I love…” Surely “love” with all it nuances must be the most beautiful word in any language.
      But if I must choose another, that rolls off the tongue and carries with it, both sound and colour, then I couldn’t go past…”onomatopoeia”!

      • Danny P. -  October 18, 2015 - 6:29 pm

        “Surely ‘love’ with all it nuances must be the most beautiful word in any language.”- David. David as I read this I just had to go back and reread it because it was so beautiful. I love this sentence I could see it in a book, but since it is your beauty I encourage you to have it published along with something. And my favorite word or most beautiful word is peace. It is so simple and beautiful.

  17. aviii -  June 23, 2015 - 10:51 am

    Have heard , learned, written so many beautiful words. Don’t know the most beautiful word for me .let it be a secret.

    • Lesley Wayne -  October 22, 2015 - 1:08 pm

      Your word should just be secret. :)

      • Richard -  February 27, 2016 - 9:45 pm

        I find the word secret so phonetically beautiful that my youngest daughter is named Secrett. I am here trying to decide the name of my next one due in may.

  18. Tianna -  May 8, 2015 - 6:28 pm

    My favorite word is passionate. It sounds lovely and gives me a warm feeling inside.

  19. Sydney -  April 19, 2015 - 4:46 pm

    I love amethyst… it’s so beautiful and unique that it even has become my favorite color!!!! amethyst also flows off the tongue as well. Amethyst, and iridescence… I love those two words! Wouldn’t any of you agree?

  20. Lauren -  March 6, 2015 - 12:04 pm

    Puppy. I’ve ALWAYS thought this was the happiest, warmest, loveliest, most beautiful word in the entire English language. Say it quietly out loud: “Puppy”. I’m smiling just thinking of it. :-)

  21. Wesley -  February 3, 2015 - 5:15 pm

    It might sound weird but “Urethra” sounds cool.

    • Will -  April 27, 2015 - 7:11 pm

      You’re aware of what that means, right?

      • Chris -  May 6, 2015 - 1:50 pm

        ..”despite semantics”

      • Kim -  September 16, 2015 - 9:03 am

        I’m sure he does, hence “It might sound weird but.”

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    • vrishti -  September 17, 2015 - 10:42 am

      I guess it’s MOTHER..cause this is one of d very words which gives me immense pleasure and happiness..!!

  23. Shadman -  December 26, 2014 - 9:28 pm

    I like… Recalcitrant, kaleidoscopic, surreal, scion, internecine and countenance

    • Brenda -  September 7, 2015 - 7:33 pm

      You seem to like words with hard c’s. I like vowels
      Hyena. Ethiopia.

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      “Absolutely Breathtaking”
      My favorite two words when describing the one I love…

  25. David -  April 29, 2014 - 11:12 am

    The most beautiful words in every langua are – I forgive

    - Stephen King

    • Gypsy Rosethorn -  September 28, 2014 - 6:51 pm

      So Mote It Be!!!

  26. DR TAPAN KUMAR JHA -  April 26, 2014 - 7:29 pm


  27. hi -  April 26, 2014 - 4:58 pm

    percolator, i like how it sounds. it’s fun to say it too. percolator.

  28. Maria Lobbie -  April 26, 2014 - 3:03 am

    God – the embodiment of all beautiful thoughts and things in our daily life. The power behind the word God gives us the message of absolute goodness.

    • Dearie me -  November 13, 2014 - 6:58 pm

      I agree

    • max -  March 7, 2015 - 6:06 pm

      i like that

    • KW -  May 28, 2015 - 1:22 am

      Ha clearly someone who’s never actually read the bible

    • Emily -  November 20, 2015 - 6:18 pm


  29. Sophie -  April 25, 2014 - 7:55 pm

    “Cellar door” only sounds pretty when said in an English accent. “Seladore” WHich sounds just like a Tolkien-type character name.

  30. Madison -  April 25, 2014 - 6:07 pm

    Jesus. ♥

  31. Paul MacInnes -  April 11, 2014 - 6:35 pm

    Susurration is mine. Imagine a beautiful sunny day and a gentle breeze creates a Susurration of the leaves.

    • Lois -  September 16, 2015 - 11:38 am

      New word for me…susurration. Beautiful!

  32. James -  April 9, 2014 - 6:49 am


  33. Liz -  April 9, 2014 - 4:06 am

    Mother – it is comforting, as well as beautiful; and it sounds calm and soothing.

    • Batfly -  August 12, 2015 - 7:57 pm

      Okay Norman. I bet you wouldn’t even hurt a fly.

    • Shirley -  September 12, 2015 - 6:32 pm

      Yes, yes, yes! MOTHER-definition: security and unconditional love.

  34. Gavin -  April 9, 2014 - 3:00 am

    ‘cherryade’ and ‘lingering’ are nice words. ‘lingering aroma’ is a nice-sounding phrase.

  35. Pat -  April 8, 2014 - 12:05 pm


  36. Asha Ratna Sakya -  April 8, 2014 - 7:11 am

    This is a best illustration for me to improve my English also to guide my little students in my school. Thanking you

  37. Barbara -  April 1, 2014 - 6:32 am

    Mellifluous. I just feel like floating on air when I say that word!

    • Brenda -  September 7, 2015 - 7:30 pm

      I like it.

      • devin -  September 11, 2015 - 11:34 pm

        Gloaming. A certain part of the day.
        Makes me smile. A d smile and cellar door.

  38. Bill -  March 31, 2014 - 1:21 pm

    Eschew is fun to say. Lot’s nof the other people’s choics are cool too.

  39. Jacqueline -  March 31, 2014 - 9:50 am

    “cellar door” does nothing for me. My favorite word has long been “plethora.”

  40. Arlene -  March 31, 2014 - 2:31 am


  41. Krista -  March 29, 2014 - 3:02 pm

    Placenta. I have to add this because my friend is a nurse and during the delivery of the baby of a non-English speaking woman, she heard the nurses talking about Placenta, and she thought it was the most beautiful name in the world. They could not talk her out of naming her baby Placenta.

    • Richard -  April 9, 2014 - 6:14 am

      If it is true that you have a friend who named her baby Placenta, then she is a Morontus Maximus as are you for keeping her as your friend.

      • Padding Blog ForShock -Value -  March 12, 2015 - 12:28 pm

        Morontus Maximus wouldn’t be able misappropriate any more Oxygen from this amazing country America that we all love and cherish if Chief Morontus Maximus Obamacus would close our borders Using Deadly force, extreme prejudice, and tougher guidelines then Zero Tolerance and for all members of Clan Morontus that Chief Ooobamacus is or has previously been in bed with, Immediate mandatory chemical sterilization & deportation with only one alternative method of remaining here and that’s public euthanasia as a way to help their clan make better decisions. I’m sure Lil Baby Placenta Vaginacleez’s parents will get rid her quickly in the “Free Coffee while you wait with the surrender of your children to be used as test rats to develop a more painful euthanizing agent instead of cute lil rats”

      • Jovian -  September 11, 2015 - 6:30 am

        If you bothered to read the story, she said her FRIEND was a NURSE who helped deliver little Placenta, not that she named her own child placenta. Maybe you should read a little more before trolling.

      • you can't comprehend can you -  September 17, 2015 - 7:39 pm

        She said she was friends with the nurse that was delivering the baby of a non English speaking woman, not friends with the non English speaking woman. Next time, before you go pointing out the dumb shit someone does, make sure you don’t do some dumb shit yourself while doing so. Speaking of, hypocrite and ironic are rather pleasing in this situation.

  42. KP -  March 29, 2014 - 2:03 pm

    A word I find beautiful is silhouette. Sounds light, airy, and delicate.

  43. Matthew -  March 29, 2014 - 10:50 am

    I am posting this because I never saw an answer to Joshua’s ? re: his missing blog post: The post showed up in my browser. Here is the original: (and if Callie is the name of a particular person, then Joshua has expressed with divine exultation, that even I, a gnomish Halfling, can fell his meaning.

    Joshua Smith – February 11, 2014 – 1:39 pm

    When talking about the beauty of a word, we need to define in what sense of the word we are describing it. We could describe the appearance of the letters on a page to see its aesthetic appeal. We could listen to the spoken word to hear its harmony in our ears. We could say the word ourselves to feel the experience of the word leaving our lips. I feel that all these things are potential candidates for a scale on which to measure words to evaluate their beauty, but they are all inconsequential compared to a far greater candidate. This would be to consider the word in all its various definitions, to find its most potent, significant one, and to understand it to its fullest meaning. Only then can we truly evaluate a word on such a glorious quality as beauty. And when I find myself considering this factor, I can think of only one word. I know with certainty, without consulting a dictionary, that it has behind it the most vibrant concept than any other word in the English language and it shakes every fiber in my being with trembling, before its beauty. Even according to the other standards that people might choose, I know that when I see it on a page, it leaps up at me, the focus of the whole print, with its simple elegance and complex plainness. When someone speaks to the word and it reaches my ears, they perk up at attention and sigh with relief that they got to hear the harmonious, dulcet tones of that word once more. I find myself, in everything, from every day conversation to presentations before both my peers and superiors, that I say it and repeat it often, to that point that someone who has never heard the word before knows exactly what it means. According to all scales to which it can be held, it outshines all words of all languages with its beauty. That word is Callie.

    • winston -  April 30, 2015 - 7:37 am

      pesh health rave be jazam’.

    • brianna -  May 11, 2015 - 5:16 am

      I was interested in what you wrote and I loved it but may I ask u why was Callie the most beautiful word you ever heard? Is it because of some one u love named that excuse me if I get myguessing wrong I just I would love to know what the story behind why you fancy that word so much it makes me interested to know why and if there is a story behind it? I’m sorry if you think I’m be intrusive I’m not trying to be just thought I’d ask

  44. Jennifer McLean -  March 29, 2014 - 10:37 am

    Petrichor is beautiful…the origins aren’t english…but it’s beautiful

  45. Jim -  March 29, 2014 - 8:58 am

    “mellifluous” has been a favorite of mine since first I heard it.

  46. Adelina -  March 29, 2014 - 8:58 am

    I agree that cellar door sounds beautiful, but to me the most beautiful sounding word is “salamander”.
    Saying it without thinking of its meaning even has a calming effect, sort of like beautiful music does.

  47. Tyler -  March 29, 2014 - 7:06 am


  48. Squire -  March 29, 2014 - 6:02 am

    Syrup. Or did I miss the point? It’s as good as cellar door.

  49. Andrea -  March 28, 2014 - 10:21 am

    The word “delicious” just drips off of ones tongue. Yes :)

  50. Lori -  March 28, 2014 - 8:57 am

    I like the sound and meanings of essence and quintessence
    or effervescent. Alchemy is another beautiful word…It’s interesting to read
    others take on beautiful words.

  51. Mustakim Fil Umar -  March 28, 2014 - 5:56 am

    My favorite is “aspiration” because it kind of gives me hope.

  52. John -  March 27, 2014 - 3:42 pm

    Cool is timeless and just COOL,
    I also love Insouciantly

  53. jason -  March 27, 2014 - 1:43 pm


  54. Tim -  March 27, 2014 - 8:42 am

    I like the way “sarsaparilla” and “Thelonious” (a name) flow off the tongue.

    • Bronwen -  September 12, 2015 - 4:27 am

      Juys befor i scrolled to comments I was just telling my daughter that my favourite word as a child was sarsaparilla!!! amazing to see it here because most people i know havent even heard that word

  55. Bob -  March 26, 2014 - 12:45 pm

    What’s the most beautiful word in the English language? It’s obvious: BACON!!! :-D

    • Aunty Pasto -  July 31, 2015 - 7:03 am

      Yes Bob, it’s BACON! My Mother sends me a text “BAAACON!!!” every Sunday and Wednesday morning (from her iPhone).
      That’s how I know she’s awake and I cook her breakfast and it’s the only two days she gets it (which is a lot) because even though she’s 83 I do not want to be a major contributor to blocked arteries. Though, she always says “at 82, 83, 84…let me have my BAAACON and I’ll die a happy woman ;))
      And so I relent.

  56. Gloria -  March 26, 2014 - 10:12 am

    Exquisite is the most beautiful word, both in sound and in meaning.

  57. Gloria -  March 26, 2014 - 10:11 am

    Exquisite is the most beautiful word, in sound as well as in meaning.

  58. Elaine G. -  March 26, 2014 - 9:22 am

    I like the word “light”. It’s simple, easy to pronounce and has multiple definitions. ” Light” is also an early vocabulary word for young children. Light.

  59. JimM -  March 26, 2014 - 6:57 am

    For Elizabeth: then you would love Yahoo

  60. Peter Clayton -  March 26, 2014 - 5:53 am

    apple-dumpling just so english it makes me laugh and smile

  61. Peter c -  March 26, 2014 - 5:52 am

    ‘apple-dumpling’ just makes me laugh smile and love english for its diversity

  62. Rod -  March 25, 2014 - 9:06 am

    Halcyon, euphoria and serendipity are good candidates for beautiful words.

  63. Rod -  March 25, 2014 - 8:10 am

    Halcyon, euphoria and serendipity are beauteous.

  64. David Scott -  March 25, 2014 - 7:42 am

    I like the word EQUIPOISE.

  65. Shivam -  March 23, 2014 - 7:33 am

    I like word ‘ Exist’

  66. dragonfly -  March 23, 2014 - 5:24 am

    Cellar Door would only sound sweet and poetic in the Queen’s English. Cellah Daw! Cellarrr Doorrr in my Edinburgh accent sounds really ugly.

    • Richard -  February 27, 2016 - 9:55 pm

      I have always believed cellar door to be the most beautiful. However to hear it said by a queenslander (my wife) makes me weep inside every time. It sounds like a broken Ak47 saying Salada

    • Richard -  February 27, 2016 - 10:01 pm

      I have always agreed that cellar door is the most beautiful smooth sounding. However, when spoken in a Queensland accent it makes me think of a broken AK47 trying to salada

  67. Darren D -  March 23, 2014 - 3:03 am

    The first time I actually heard cellar door being referred to as the most beautiful phrase was actually in the movie Donnie Darko. Anyway, my favorite word in the English language is esoteric.

  68. Marienne Litolff -  March 22, 2014 - 6:44 pm

    To me the most beautiful word in any,language is “meadow”- it sounds soft, green, peaceful, healing, and a place where surely, anybody would want to be.

  69. laurie tolley -  March 22, 2014 - 7:59 am

    There is 1 medical word I find beautiful and even sexy to say – medulla oblongata and 1 word I just love saying – epididymitis.

  70. Xerox is my word choice for phonesthetic competition -  March 22, 2014 - 7:09 am

    It sounds muscal

  71. Elizabeth -  March 22, 2014 - 2:45 am

    The most beautiful word is satellite. I also like manifesto, pseudo, placebo….(I like the long O sound). As for the worst word in the world? I can’t believe I’m even about to type it……….poop.

  72. kendo -  March 21, 2014 - 4:16 pm

    euthanasia (aside from its meaning)

    • Jessica -  March 2, 2016 - 5:29 pm

      Velvet Candy. The most pleasing sounding stripper name ever.

  73. Lauralee -  March 21, 2014 - 8:21 am

    “Sonoluminescence” is my favorite word.

  74. Sunny -  March 21, 2014 - 6:29 am

    I’ve always been a big fan of the word “Gethsemane”. It has some of the same characteristics as “cellar door” I suppose.

  75. Michael Pacholski -  March 21, 2014 - 2:06 am

    Radiation. It contains mythology (Ra, the sun God), hopelessly trite ’80s slang (“rad”), units of radiological measure (rad), is part of the basis for radio (with its own baggage of jazz, rock and roll, talk). It contains cancer (radical) and ’60s hippies (“radical”), and, of course, light. What else can one single word do?

  76. Joy Martin -  March 19, 2014 - 11:50 pm

    Mellifluous == appears in sound and meaning beautiful.

  77. Patrick Campbell -  March 18, 2014 - 11:26 am

    Mellifluous. Sounds pretty, means pretty.

  78. marcos rogerio machado da fonseca -  March 18, 2014 - 2:40 am

    Wise curiosity,but it is a very subjective and abstract opinion,but it,at least, makes people think .My choice is serendipity. Marcos Fonseca Rio de Janeiro Brazil

  79. Anne Wiggins -  March 17, 2014 - 9:33 pm

    H. L. Mencken declared the most beautiful word was Monongahela or Shenandoah. I don’t remember which. Does anyone know?

  80. Anne Wiggins -  March 17, 2014 - 9:24 pm

    H. L. Mencken had said he considered a word as the most beautiful English word. I don’t recall if it was Monongahela or Shenandoah. If you know, please, enlighten us.

  81. Diane B. -  March 17, 2014 - 4:12 pm

    As some others, I like the words:




    But I think my favorite, as in how it sounds in pronunciation, is
    verisimilitude. I even dreamed of the word one time, although I have never used it in speaking.

  82. Mark S -  March 17, 2014 - 5:34 am

    Our Heavenly Father is the most beautiful word that you can possibly say and has more meaning I think.————MS

  83. Sara K -  March 16, 2014 - 1:44 pm

    My favorite word is bravado.

  84. gerald -  March 16, 2014 - 10:18 am

    26 years ago, while holding my daughter in my arms, I pointed to an animal outside the window. I named the animal’s species, to which she responded, clearly but softly, ‘bird’. It was the first word she spoke.

  85. ken -  March 16, 2014 - 9:01 am

    OK, I would co along with coalesce, though Cadence is a close second, obviously.

    funniest word has no close call: SNORKEL

  86. Robby Bonfire -  March 16, 2014 - 8:45 am

    How can the most beautiful word in the English language not be “beautiful?”

  87. Bison Mann -  March 16, 2014 - 8:11 am

    “Melanoma” is a mellifluous word, notwithstanding its deadly connotation .

  88. a -  March 15, 2014 - 7:19 pm


  89. A-Aron -  March 15, 2014 - 2:18 pm

    The most beautiful word is Mom.

  90. Stef -  March 15, 2014 - 2:13 pm

    I have no favorite word in the English language. However, my favorite word in the French language is pomplemousse- grapefruit. I do abhore the use of words such as guesstimation. Word slammed are NOT words. What they are is awful, simply awful!!

    • Richard -  February 27, 2016 - 10:04 pm

      On the same note Mange-tout Snowpeas

  91. Eleanor -  March 15, 2014 - 1:33 pm

    think I like Aurora best…other favorites would be myriad, serendipity and sidereal.
    funny to say out loud…..kenspeckle, flummery, eructation and foofaraw.

  92. MD.ABDUL MATIN -  March 14, 2014 - 2:55 pm


  93. Shallane -  March 14, 2014 - 12:16 pm

    I’ve always thought my name was very euphanous…Shallane….
    But otherwise I think SNL did it best with:


  94. bhave anant -  March 14, 2014 - 11:20 am

    the most beautiful word in english is’ beautiful’ and most pleasing word in english is ‘please’

  95. Donna -  March 14, 2014 - 10:25 am


  96. Lavglow -  March 14, 2014 - 8:21 am

    All meaning aside, my favorite word to pronounce has always been rack-and-pinion, even if I don’t know what it means. It just makes me giggle.

  97. mirrormere -  March 14, 2014 - 8:08 am

    I thought it was Edgar Allan Poe that promoted cellar door as the loveliest sounding word, not Tolkien. ???

    For me, it’s Biloxi, a city in Mississippi

  98. cdbytor -  March 14, 2014 - 6:50 am

    Almost 1,000 comments and not a single vote for fellatio! What other word describes a sex act that sounds like an opera?

  99. Deb -  March 14, 2014 - 5:56 am

    duplicitous-love the sound of this word, not necessarily the meaning.

  100. Skaifi -  March 13, 2014 - 9:01 pm

    The most beautiful words are ” ALLAH” and “MOHAMMAD” PBUH.

  101. Karen Maas -  March 13, 2014 - 1:07 pm

    diaphanous – When I learned how to pronounce diaphanous in the 10th grade I had to go home and share with my family the beautiful word. Both the sound and the meaning appeal to me.

  102. Irene KB -  March 13, 2014 - 10:10 am

    radar love – than again the song’s not bad either

  103. Jesus Humper -  March 13, 2014 - 9:38 am

    I like moist, cloak, and fucktard.

    • yougavemecancer -  April 2, 2016 - 5:31 am

      you’re the only sane one here

  104. Sandy K -  March 13, 2014 - 7:50 am

    I like the word HEAVEN….it’s like lightly exhaling….I also like the word CHAMELEON

  105. mukeshkoshym -  March 13, 2014 - 7:08 am


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  107. Angie -  March 13, 2014 - 3:24 am

    Jesus, sanguine, Sharpei, ethereal, ignite, chartreuse, partition, entre,
    Hors d’oeuvre, celtic, chameleon, chowder, karma, reisling, comedy, lycan, iridescent, somber, maverick, chia, chrimson, cork, charlamagne

  108. Yasmeen -  March 12, 2014 - 11:37 pm


  109. becca -  March 12, 2014 - 10:07 pm

    coalesce — beautiful sound and image

  110. Kevin Quinn -  March 12, 2014 - 7:33 pm

    I like the word pulchritudinous, which basically means beautiful.

  111. Thalia -  March 12, 2014 - 6:05 pm

    Blutiful was a wonderful word said by my tiny son, seeing the sea for the first time.

  112. nargess -  March 12, 2014 - 11:29 am

    Beautiful words

  113. Anna G -  March 12, 2014 - 8:29 am

    I agree that cellar door does roll off the tongue nicely. That being said, my favorite word is LEONINE.

  114. Robby Bonfire -  March 11, 2014 - 2:36 pm

    Should not “beautiful” be the most beautiful word in the English language?

  115. Mac -  March 11, 2014 - 11:22 am

    The name of our Lord: Jesus.

  116. franco -  March 11, 2014 - 9:35 am


  117. lori degarmo -  March 10, 2014 - 8:47 pm

    Try saying the name I grew up with: “Lori Ruth Zurfluh”, (zer–flew). My aunts and uncles usually used both my first and middle names together, like one name, loriruth. My last name was almost always mispronounced, though I think it sounds pretty much like it’s spelled. People see that “Z” and get thrown off or are just too lazy to give it much thought! Believe me, it was not the easiest name in the world to grow up with.

  118. Merrilee -  March 3, 2014 - 10:56 pm

    blue, moon, afternoon, and flurry

  119. Malcolm -  March 2, 2014 - 5:48 am

    Sycamore tree. It’s similar to cellar door (didn’t Poe like it, too?), but with a little more bite to it. Ask Mama Cass: ” Birds singing in the sycamore tree… Dream a little dream of me…”)

  120. Bill -  March 1, 2014 - 7:48 pm


  121. Ally -  February 28, 2014 - 7:01 pm

    I think the sound of words are part of the description to the meaning and most relating meanings are of the words with similar sounds, thats why most of the beautiful words have beautiful meanings and malice words have sounds to describe the meaning like chop, severed and yet the word several has nothing to do with sever there are still other words which will relate to each of their meanings too. Like the word favor I always interpreted with the word flavour lol as a child LOL.

  122. Fred -  February 27, 2014 - 5:42 pm

    A word I taught my son when he was under 3, cyclopentanoperhydrophenanthrene .

  123. Dorine -  February 27, 2014 - 3:34 pm

    I’ve always thought of mellifluous as the most beautiful word in English.

    • Dorene Schwartz-Weitz -  September 1, 2016 - 1:13 am

      Now this is uncanny … My name is Dorene and my favourite word is ‘mellifluous’! Do they call you “Dor” for short? I don’t like that sound, nor would I change my last name to “Cellar” (lol)

  124. Daniel Carlin -  February 27, 2014 - 3:12 pm

    I think what’s appealing about “cellar door” is that it only has one phonetic stop, and that’s a soft one (the d in door). It’s very liquid (the double l in cellar and the r, which is magnified due to the long open vowel preceding it).
    My personal fave in this regard is “realize.” There are no stops; instead a liquid r is followed by two separate vowels that flow together easily and give way to a liquid l followed by another vowel, and then the whole thing concludes with a soft sibilant z. ‘Tis a beautiful thing. Paul Simon obviously likes this word as well, using and singing it wonderfully well in his song “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover:” “And then she kissed me and I REALIZED she probably was right.”

  125. Chuck -  February 27, 2014 - 3:01 pm

    Oxygen is my favorite – it just slides off the tongue as you exhale this lovely word. But then I am a chemist. However I never like the sound of Bismuth.

  126. Arabella -  February 27, 2014 - 8:37 am

    Surely banana has got to be in the running…

  127. Gustav -  February 17, 2014 - 11:21 pm

    Vaginal is the most beautiful word

  128. Mags -  February 17, 2014 - 7:27 pm

    Rather amazing how it seems that cellar door has been brought to my aattention before as being a beautiful combination of letters and yes i would have to say that it does sound very euphoric to my ears….also enjoyed seeing what others hear to be beautiful…oh and Joshua smith’s post was so sweet!!!

  129. Lindsey -  February 17, 2014 - 7:21 pm

    the word Serendipity is so lovely. it means fortuitous happenstance.

  130. Dana -  February 14, 2014 - 5:30 pm

    -sehnsucht* (poetic old german, meaning nostalgia for the future)

  131. Natalie -  February 14, 2014 - 4:52 pm

    My favourite would be “Convivial.” because it sounds like what it means.

    With a more specialised vocabulary relating closely to Archaeology I would have to say:
    “Thermoluminescence” or “Dendrochronology.”

  132. Penelope -  February 14, 2014 - 3:16 pm

    I like the word “peruse” :)

  133. Mackenzie -  February 14, 2014 - 9:04 am

    I think the most beautiful word in English is love. It has so many different meanings and so many levels of strength, yet it’s only one word.

  134. Delaney -  February 14, 2014 - 5:39 am

    I’d have to say fergalicious, because my horse’s name is Fergie and she is pretty fantastic.

  135. Edward Powers -  February 14, 2014 - 1:50 am

    It has been said that the two most relaxing words in the English language are serenity and tranquillity. I think they also sound beautiful.

  136. Victoria -  February 13, 2014 - 10:44 pm


  137. Joe -  February 13, 2014 - 4:34 pm

    I like sinewy and gelid

  138. Em -  February 13, 2014 - 3:48 pm

    Frothy, lather

  139. Justin -  February 13, 2014 - 3:47 pm

    I always liked the word “doppelganger.” But as far as beauty is concerned it has to be evanescent.

  140. Heyzeus -  February 13, 2014 - 2:51 pm


  141. Crazy Person Alert -  February 13, 2014 - 1:06 pm

    I know “Belle” isn’t English but anything in French is much prettier than it is in English. I also like the word “shenanigans” like Thaily said.

  142. Crazy Person Alert -  February 13, 2014 - 1:02 pm

    I would have to say “Belle” because it is the French word for beauty. It is also the name of my favorite princess, don’t judge.

  143. Mesac -  February 13, 2014 - 1:00 pm

    Out of the few I have, analytical sounds the best.

  144. Nat -  February 13, 2014 - 11:53 am


  145. Martin -  February 13, 2014 - 11:31 am

    Personally, I like “cellularly”.

  146. Martin W. -  February 13, 2014 - 9:54 am

    I like “cellar door”. But I always like how “Donnie Darko” sounded better.

  147. Blaine -  February 13, 2014 - 9:46 am

    I like the phrase,

    “There they are.”

  148. Zoe -  February 13, 2014 - 9:32 am

    I like Trance

  149. Rusty -  February 13, 2014 - 9:22 am


  150. Kaitlen -  February 13, 2014 - 8:33 am

    I agree with PETRICHOR (the smell of dry earth or dust after rain).

    I’ve also always loved the word INSATIABLE (incapable of being satisfied or appeased; a hunger for something)

  151. Andre -  February 13, 2014 - 8:25 am

    The most beautiful word in English is a name, that name is “Jesus”

  152. roxanne -  February 13, 2014 - 8:22 am

    There is nothing even remotely lovely to me about the words (plural, not singular as in the question) “cellar door.” And I do *not* have an unusual accent. ;^P

    Big miss on this one, imo.

  153. Jason Preston -  February 13, 2014 - 7:46 am


  154. darcey -  February 13, 2014 - 7:43 am

    This phrase from Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet: “. . . like a rich jewel in an Ethiope’s ear . . . ” – perfect sound!

  155. Terri -  February 13, 2014 - 4:43 am

    clarity- for its meaning
    effervescence – for the sound
    murmur- written in cursive especially for visual appeal

  156. RadioAktaVite -  February 13, 2014 - 2:04 am

    I’ve always liked ‘shattered’, because I get to say ‘shat’ and ‘turd’ in the same word.

  157. jasmine -  February 13, 2014 - 12:50 am

    the most beautiful word is nandos

  158. SW -  February 13, 2014 - 12:45 am


  159. Abu Zaid -  February 13, 2014 - 12:31 am

    Hello, is the most beautiful word in English,
    Also, Lovely,

  160. It's Just Me... -  February 12, 2014 - 9:24 pm

    I think the most beautiful word is ‘whimsical’.
    Don’t really know why it appeals so much, maybe because one of my friends introduced me to the word, but I only use it in moderation because I thinks it’s too special a word to use out of place.
    :) Yes, I think whimsical is the most beautiful word in the English language.

  161. Angelo Bautista -  February 12, 2014 - 8:45 pm


  162. pjone8 -  February 12, 2014 - 8:45 pm

    I am from the great Midwest; however, I think I’d like these words if they were said by a Southern man, a New England lady, or a Pacific coast co-ed.

  163. AlijahQ -  February 12, 2014 - 7:08 pm

    um… southern.

  164. Caleb Koerner -  February 12, 2014 - 6:59 pm

    My favorite word is
    hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia because it is the fear of long words… fail. Sesquippedalio means long word and phobia means an irrational fear, but hippopoto, and monstro, are just added to make the world longer!!! I just like saying it.


    Oh! and I like the world Pie!

  165. John -  February 12, 2014 - 6:39 pm

    Or yoloswag

  166. Dan -  February 12, 2014 - 6:34 pm

    Oddball or tenacious

  167. Dan -  February 12, 2014 - 6:32 pm

    My fav word would have to be tenacious. It’s a great word!

  168. Madeleine -  February 12, 2014 - 6:28 pm

    - PETRICHOR (the smell of dust after rain)
    - OMNIPOTENT (having unlimited power)
    - CALLIPYGIAN (having a nice butt)
    - ENNUI (boredom)
    - CELLO (the instrument)
    - INCANDESCENCE (emitting light)

  169. Chris -  February 12, 2014 - 6:01 pm

    Well Sandvich is always awesome for all those TF2 fans out there.

  170. Clover -  February 12, 2014 - 3:10 pm

    I like the word “Nova”. It’s a type of star.

  171. Garrett -  February 12, 2014 - 2:58 pm

    clandestine, euphoria, vanilla, warrior, Bella, July, Cleopatra, surfer….. to name a few.

  172. MAWHAHAHAHA.ITS.777.AGAIN -  February 12, 2014 - 2:33 pm


  173. Neuktura -  February 12, 2014 - 11:41 am

    Because I have a super thick accent (outrageous as my good friends say) when I am speaking English, even saying ‘cellar door’ slowly does not sound beautiful.

  174. Casey -  February 12, 2014 - 10:13 am


  175. Kayla -  February 12, 2014 - 9:59 am

    One of my favorite words is “incandescently” which means to burn brightly or a glowing brilliance.

  176. Juan Paul -  February 12, 2014 - 8:54 am


  177. Hanna -  February 12, 2014 - 8:01 am

    Those are all good words, but as English speakers it is difficult to separate the sound of the word from the meaning of it. Note that most of the favorited words are good/pleasant things.
    One of my professors told us about a study where they went to find the most beautiful sounding English word, ignoring the meaning entirely. They went and found groups of people who had never heard any English (probably the Amazon or somewhere) and read them lots of words. The 2 most beautiful English words to people who don’t know the meaning?

  178. Hunter -  February 12, 2014 - 7:03 am

    Perdition is my favorite word. Meaning is bad, but the sound is good.

  179. mr.x -  February 12, 2014 - 5:25 am

    mine is armageddon. yes i know it means the end of the world. im just weird.

  180. Irdalaska -  February 12, 2014 - 3:58 am


  181. TonyainOKC -  February 12, 2014 - 12:53 am

    FREE! In any context!

  182. Chaz -  February 11, 2014 - 9:29 pm

    Like the article says, it’s best if said slowly but I also think the intonation makes a difference. I like to imagine it as a breeze of words being uttered from one’s mouth. The words are a whispering wind with all of its secrets in tow.

  183. Halan -  February 11, 2014 - 9:23 pm

    sorry, i meant i have synesthesia! darn sticky keys…

  184. Halan -  February 11, 2014 - 9:13 pm

    My favorite words are- ocelot, violin, onion, clove, evergreen, majestic, beautiful, leopard, viola, cello and clarinet. oh, and marmoset. I have syntheisa (look it up…), and the colors/sounds are just so beautiful!

  185. bishnu prasad baral -  February 11, 2014 - 8:19 pm


  186. EmmaleeL -  February 11, 2014 - 7:21 pm

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * L O V E * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    I haven’t read all of there but I skimmed quite a few and I am blown away that I didn’t see LOVE as the most beautiful word. It has the most beautiful meaning, sound, and feeling out of every word I have ever learned. It is a gift and a blessing.

  187. Jake -  February 11, 2014 - 6:29 pm

    Definitely…. FLABBERGASTED!!

  188. quintessential -  February 11, 2014 - 6:03 pm


  189. Moogie -  February 11, 2014 - 5:49 pm

    Potato always puts a smile on my face.

  190. jamie hill -  February 11, 2014 - 5:33 pm


  191. Ted -  February 11, 2014 - 4:27 pm

    Cellar. Most beautiful phrase : Cellar door.

    Ugliest word : Shrub.

  192. Anon -  February 11, 2014 - 4:14 pm

    I never thought of how “Cellar Door” sounds until now. I still think, though, that the most beautiful word, despite its meaning, is asphyxiate. I like how the sound flows, I like writing the y next to the x when I’m writing with pen because of how I can connect them, and when I’m typing, it feels balanced since there are a few letters on each hand. ^_^

  193. Joshua Smith -  February 11, 2014 - 2:25 pm

    My apologies. The post has since returned. Thank you.

  194. Joshua Smith -  February 11, 2014 - 2:22 pm

    NOTICE TO BLOG.DICTIONARY.COM: I posted something on here about 40 minutes ago for a friend of mine to come and read. The word I choose that friend’s name, and I was trying to write something sweet to randomly show her one day. The problem is, the post said it posted and I saw it on the page, completely posted, and it’s not there any more. I don’t have another copy. I could try to rewrite it, but it wouldn’t be the same. Blog.dictionary.com, is there any way that you have a copy of that post so that I can have it? It doesn’t need to be posted, I just need what I wrote if that would be possible. Thank you. (you got my e-mail when I posted, if you wish to contact me)

  195. Jules -  February 11, 2014 - 1:53 pm


  196. Mimi -  February 11, 2014 - 1:44 pm


    Say it slowly, don’t you love how it rolls off your tongue? ^^

  197. Joshua Smith -  February 11, 2014 - 1:39 pm

    When talking about the beauty of a word, we need to define in what sense of the word we are describing it. We could describe the appearance of the letters on a page to see its aesthetic appeal. We could listen to the spoken word to hear its harmony in our ears. We could say the word ourselves to feel the experience of the word leaving our lips. I feel that all these things are potential candidates for a scale on which to measure words to evaluate their beauty, but they are all inconsequential compared to a far greater candidate. This would be to consider the word in all its various definitions, to find its most potent, significant one, and to understand it to its fullest meaning. Only then can we truly evaluate a word on such a glorious quality as beauty. And when I find myself considering this factor, I can think of only one word. I know with certainty, without consulting a dictionary, that it has behind it the most vibrant concept than any other word in the English language and it shakes every fiber in my being with trembling, before its beauty. Even according to the other standards that people might choose, I know that when I see it on a page, it leaps up at me, the focus of the whole print, with its simple elegance and complex plainness. When someone speaks to the word and it reaches my ears, they perk up at attention and sigh with relief that they got to hear the harmonious, dulcet tones of that word once more. I find myself, in everything, from every day conversation to presentations before both my peers and superiors, that I say it and repeat it often, to that point that someone who has never heard the word before knows exactly what it means. According to all scales to which it can be held, it outshines all words of all languages with its beauty. That word is Callie.

  198. Katie -  February 11, 2014 - 1:31 pm

    My favorite word to say is warble. I like the way the a and r sound together, and how they sound with the ble.

  199. Polisny -  February 11, 2014 - 12:19 pm

    The question is nonsensical. Also, cellar door is not a word but a nominal phrase, and regardless, only appealing in sound, whereas a word is made up of much more than sound. Such would be like saying, “such and such a woman is the most beautiful in the world because her skin texture is so smooth looking.” Sorry, but there is a lot more to a woman than her skin. Further, the pronunciation of the word is regional rather than conventional or universal. For most of the English speaking world it therefore not only doesn’t make sense when purported as such but stigmatizes the question of such superlative beauty to begin with.

    In terms of “beauty,” there is of course only regional criteria, most of the time. Worse, that a writer who has sold a lot of books happens to think that the word is the most beautiful is really quite irrelevent in the same respect that what she thinks about English morphology or semantic relations or lexicography or the Germanic element in the English language or Old High German or phonotactics or psycholinguistics or idioglossia; or what she thinks the ugliest or oldest word might be; or whatever she thinks, the simple verifiable reality is that it is just an opinion and only cirrculated because she is well know. People would no more listen to Picasso on “what the most beautiful color is” because no matter what he says, the question is first and foremost meaningless and over the course of the following points still totally foolish as a question. Further, to tag the question on to his name suggests that the artist is some kind of authority on the matter, which is of course nonesense. Stephen King has probably sold just as many books over the course of his lifetime. That doesn’t mean journalists need to be quoting him on what the most beautiful syllable is. Sorry, but the question is the problem, not the response. That’s why every reponses is equally meaningless. If you don’t want to get that, then chances are you will find a way to insult such digression or merely ignore it. Articles of the sort a waste of time.

  200. peanut butter and jelly -  February 11, 2014 - 12:19 pm

    I like cellar door :)

  201. NO NAME -  February 11, 2014 - 12:18 pm

    I like the word poo. Not to be inappropriate… :3

  202. Wil -  February 11, 2014 - 9:47 am

    Totally either aa, or pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. Both unbeatable.

  203. Bart -  February 11, 2014 - 9:05 am


  204. John -  February 11, 2014 - 8:39 am

    I think it needs to be a woman’s name, and my vote thus would be Claudette.

  205. Rick Maury -  February 11, 2014 - 7:09 am

    I love the word “ethereal”. In my opinion it describes everything I hold to be beautiful and perfect (and it has a heavenly euphonious sound ;). I only reserve this scared word for the most magnificent things in my poetry.

  206. Effy -  February 11, 2014 - 6:18 am

    Thereare so many great and beautiful sounding English words. Please disregard their meaning in this context:

    - sophisticated
    - lackadaisical
    - pickpocket
    - appreciation
    - lion-hearted

    I really cannot rationally explain why, but to me, words with high-pitched “i”s or soft (quite British) spoken “a”s sound appealing. And of course, I admire using a lot of English words I wouldn’t have a counterparter for in my mother tongue.

  207. iam -  February 11, 2014 - 6:13 am


  208. debi -  February 11, 2014 - 12:23 am

    i like saying ‘enclave’

  209. Jerry -  February 10, 2014 - 6:40 pm


  210. russell -  February 10, 2014 - 6:34 pm

    there are three things that sound pleasing to me, two are names that I would like to use someday when I have kids. Endellion Aurora and Gloria Rose. My other favorite word to hear is Eulalia.

  211. Emily -  February 10, 2014 - 5:54 pm

    beautiful is what word that is very beutiful
    my favorite word is enigma
    it means mystery, or someone or something that is extremely puzzling; that which can not be understanded

  212. ScienceCrazy226 -  February 10, 2014 - 5:52 pm

    I like words with big meanings words, such as galaxy or nebula or Andromeda (a galaxy) or star or cloud. I also like names like Sheila or Silvia. I know that this is sort of cheating, but I like the Spanish word mariposa, meaning butterfly. I think that words with i’s are pretty, like Iona for example. It’s so hard to choose! :)

  213. Alex -  February 10, 2014 - 4:46 pm

    Words that roll off my tongue nicely (I really like the letter L):
    - sleek
    - lithe
    - cello
    - mellifluous
    - lush
    - lull
    - soliloquy

    A word that is fun to say: bubble

    An odd word that I personally like to say, although nobody seems to agree with me: republic
    Something about the combination of the “pu” sound just before the “blic” really appeals to me. Maybe I’m strange.

    I also agree with the many, many people before me that “celladora” sounds very nice.

  214. Matthew Savage -  February 10, 2014 - 2:47 pm

    I like the poop

  215. Matthew Savage -  February 10, 2014 - 2:45 pm

    I like the word poo. I don’t want to be rude but it’s just my favorite word :)

  216. FindersKeepers -  February 10, 2014 - 2:21 pm


  217. Yo ppl -  February 10, 2014 - 1:00 pm

    I have to agree. I like the words cellar door. No typo. :D

  218. Jasmine Bajada -  February 10, 2014 - 10:21 am

    I’ve always liked the sound of ‘fallacy’ and ‘halcyon’. Th ‘s’ sound must be very pleasing to my ears :) But then I also like a combination of harsh/strong sounds and high-pitched vowels like ‘bryony’ :)

  219. Herschel -  February 9, 2014 - 10:33 pm

    You forgot “swashbuckler.” Yarrr.

  220. ping -  February 9, 2014 - 7:04 am


  221. Meg -  February 9, 2014 - 5:56 am

    I’ve always liked the word soliloquy. :)

  222. WalkingCivilWar -  February 7, 2014 - 12:21 pm


  223. Bridget -  February 7, 2014 - 11:59 am

    If we are basing this purely on phonaesthetics, then I vote for malevolent and mellifluous. …guess I have a thing for “m” words. :-)

  224. POOP -  February 7, 2014 - 10:31 am

    I don’t think you guys understand what the article is saying. I think the article is not saying which word’s meanings are most beautiful, rather the sound of the word when we hear it. And when I say cellar door, I think the Rs sound very attractive to my ears.

  225. Tom -  February 7, 2014 - 9:14 am


  226. the great Indian -  February 6, 2014 - 11:06 pm

    The word start with V which always make me confuse..

  227. ????? -  February 6, 2014 - 4:52 pm

    Mine is silver or sleek

  228. Huldryich Shnoodlezworth -  February 6, 2014 - 4:26 pm

    Shenanigans. May not be yours, but my personal favorite

  229. jack -  February 6, 2014 - 2:41 pm

    mine is (Albert Einstein’s definition) insanity- doing the same thing over and over and hoping for a different result . it has a deep meaning and now that i know its meaning i can prove people wrong when they call me insane. I don’t do the same thing twice, i try multiple phycodic theories before i claim one for my own.

  230. PickingNits -  February 6, 2014 - 1:41 pm

    My favorite word has always been facetious. It has all of the vowels in order. If you use it as an adverb (i.e., facetiously), sometimes “y.” And no, I’m not being sarcastic. ;^)

  231. Anna Gosling -  February 6, 2014 - 11:16 am

    As quoted in Donnie Darko, also! I agree :-}

  232. Gary Cox -  February 6, 2014 - 11:00 am

    incunabula (rare and ancient manuscripts or books)

  233. Chuck -  February 6, 2014 - 10:53 am

    Meadowlark. Hands down.

  234. Joel Barton -  February 6, 2014 - 9:47 am

    But-hoal is a good one

  235. Scott -  February 5, 2014 - 9:39 pm

    I have always loved the word “ere”, pronounced like “air”, which simply means before. For whatever reason it has fallen into disuse in favour of “before”, but I still use it anyway.

    No matter what sentence one uses it in, it just sounds so much more deep, I find. For example:

    I need to finish my homework ere I leave
    I need to finish my homework before I leave

    You decide =)

  236. Yvonda Johnson -  February 5, 2014 - 1:45 am

    the most beautiful word: freedom

  237. wolf tamer and coal miner -  February 5, 2014 - 1:09 am

    More beautiful words:


    More fun-to-say words:

    >Plimsolls (I can’t even say that without laughing)

  238. wolf tamer and coal miner -  February 5, 2014 - 1:02 am

    Beautiful words:


    Fun-to-say words:


    Awesome words (& 1 phrase):

    >Minecraft :D
    >Molten Lava (yes, I know all lava is molten but that phrase just sounds cool)

  239. Bryan -  February 5, 2014 - 12:27 am

    My personal favorite one is “code”.
    It sounds so algid, authentic and splendid, like a piece of crystalline refracting sunlight.

  240. Grant -  February 4, 2014 - 12:03 pm

    Try saying this delicious word without smirking inside…


  241. Lee -  February 4, 2014 - 11:33 am

    Onamadapia is my favorite for both its sound and its irony.

  242. Fadedmann -  February 4, 2014 - 6:08 am

    Minecraft (pc version)

  243. Mark -  February 4, 2014 - 3:25 am


    It ticks all the boxes:
    1. Has all 5 vowels in it
    2. Sounds lovely (pronounced you-noah)
    3. Derived from the Greek word meaning “beautiful thinking”

  244. steph -  February 3, 2014 - 11:46 pm

    i don’t know why but I’ve always love the word inspiration because i jet like how people say it

  245. Bryce -  February 3, 2014 - 5:00 pm

    My personal favorite is actually “eloquence.” It has a nice ring to it. :)

  246. Marty -  February 3, 2014 - 2:47 pm

    No wonder I always loved the opening of Neal Young’s “The Needle and the Damage Done!”

    “I hear you knockin at my cellar door/I love you baby can I have some more?”

  247. AliceL -  February 1, 2014 - 11:09 pm

    In college, a friend from Iran said he thought the most beautiful word was “diarrhea.” We laughed, but I have always remembered that.

  248. RunAnnArbor -  February 1, 2014 - 4:30 pm

    Epiphany. I have a lot of favorite words, but none as favorite as epiphany.

  249. Emma -  February 1, 2014 - 12:02 pm

    I always liked the word susurrus

  250. AJ -  February 1, 2014 - 3:43 am

    I’ve always loved the word “soot” above all others. I like how it sounds so cute and sweet while describing something that is essentially dirt.

  251. paddy -  February 1, 2014 - 1:11 am

    I really like the word Oxymoron. Dunno why, but funny word and fun to use.

  252. Parker -  January 31, 2014 - 3:51 pm


  253. Lewis -  January 31, 2014 - 3:49 pm

    I quite like “chevron”

  254. Ambu -  January 31, 2014 - 10:10 am

    I personally don’t think that cellar door counts because it is technically two words. I would say serenity or aquamarine are very nice to hear and I like the spelling of those. But that’s just my opinion!

  255. Ava -  January 30, 2014 - 3:33 pm

    I think Aquamarine is a nice word

  256. Ali Rashed -  January 30, 2014 - 9:54 am

    chef-d’oeuvre – which means masterpiece

  257. Ashley J -  January 30, 2014 - 7:17 am

    I had to look at my favorite words I have saved on the dictionary app. Benevolence, altruistic, sympathetic, gregarious, cool, affectionate, lovable, kind, beneficent, calm, charitable, generous, easy-going, humble, and humanitarian. I have more, but these words are words that I love. I guess you can say I am a lovable person. Any words dealing with helping, love or just being positive person I will love.

  258. Stan Lake -  January 29, 2014 - 4:11 pm

    susurrus – a soft murmuring or rustling sound; whisper;

  259. Patrick -  January 29, 2014 - 1:53 pm


  260. Stan Lake -  January 29, 2014 - 1:22 pm

    susurrus – a soft murmuring or rustling sound; whisper.

  261. scott -  January 29, 2014 - 1:19 pm


  262. Veronica -  January 29, 2014 - 11:44 am

    My favorite word for beauty is something I learned from playing Scribblenauts Unlimited: lazuline.
    It’s a color blue, and just the sound of it is pleasant.

  263. Davy -  January 29, 2014 - 8:22 am


  264. Jim Stoops -  January 28, 2014 - 5:31 pm

    I always thought cygnet was the most beautiful word in our language.

  265. Brendan -  January 28, 2014 - 5:26 pm

    Dixie Cup. Hearing that makes me smile :-)

  266. kokk -  January 28, 2014 - 3:19 pm


  267. Moo Moo -  January 28, 2014 - 4:59 am

    Lagomorpha… all hail the bunnies OuO

  268. girlinworld -  January 27, 2014 - 9:46 pm


  269. Leah -  January 27, 2014 - 8:53 pm

    Simplicity and Lyrical ♥ ~ beautiful

  270. Miu -  January 27, 2014 - 6:55 pm

    umm… I think it would be…..
    MIU: )

  271. Miu -  January 27, 2014 - 6:46 pm

    My favorite word is Miu

  272. J.H. -  January 27, 2014 - 5:38 pm


  273. Grace -  January 27, 2014 - 12:53 pm

    umm… I think it would be…..

    GRACE : )

  274. jordan -  January 27, 2014 - 11:31 am

    Fav word conquistador. Say it!
    funnest word ever

  275. Rose -  January 25, 2014 - 2:51 pm

    To me the most beautiful words are
    Rose – because it reflects beauty
    Periwinkle – because it sounds beautiful
    Aphrodite – Well, she is the goddess of beauty. Pretty self explanatory.
    Music – Music is beauty
    Art – Art pictures beauty
    Love – because it is beautiful
    Life – Life has beautiful moments.

    I got more but I don’t wanna write that much <3 :)

  276. A F -  January 25, 2014 - 2:37 pm

    I would say reverie because of the definition. The words just flow in your head, you know?

  277. Bri -  January 24, 2014 - 11:46 am

    Beautiful, isn’t it?

  278. Bran -  January 24, 2014 - 9:25 am


  279. Jay -  January 24, 2014 - 6:04 am

    Mine is “chrysalis.”

  280. Emma -  January 22, 2014 - 5:51 pm

    I’m a word fanatic, so this puts me in a bit of an enigma! Here are a few favorites of mine:

  281. An -  January 22, 2014 - 12:05 am


  282. Nipples -  January 21, 2014 - 4:08 pm

    “What’s the most beautiful word in English?”

    “Cellar door”!

    This whole article is a lie. That’s a phrase, not a word.

  283. Izzy -  January 20, 2014 - 5:31 pm

    If I had to choose my favorite words then I guess they would be:
    word – because it’s simple
    quack – because it’s fun to say
    melancholy – because it makes me think of watermelons floating in the sea

  284. Izzy -  January 20, 2014 - 5:22 pm

    blah blah blah! I don’t really want to write a message right now.

  285. Teenager -  January 19, 2014 - 6:55 pm

    hah… sarcasm

  286. Elise Martel -  January 18, 2014 - 7:09 pm

    Cellar door does nothing for me in terms of beauty. It conjures up an opening to a musty, stale, cobwebby hole underground infested with beetles and forgotten onions and maybe some bones.
    As for beautiful words….
    Mellifluous – all honeyed and silky.
    Slippered -soft, delicate, dancing.
    Zephyr – gentle, reminiscent of awakening spring.
    Requiem – deep, mournful, dusky.
    Twilight – Reposing stars and tender night air.
    Lavender – It just sounds purple.

  287. Enas -  January 16, 2014 - 5:36 pm

    Katy used to be the most beautiful word to my ears. Now the most beautiful word is the word “beautiful” itself. It has got no true representation as of yet!

  288. Sridhar -  January 15, 2014 - 9:13 pm


  289. Warst -  January 15, 2014 - 2:34 pm

    “rubber grommet”

  290. Bianca Agnes -  January 13, 2014 - 9:33 pm

    ha ha Timmy!!! lol :)
    timmy tommy tammy and tummy are my fav words!!! :) ha ha!

  291. Timmy -  January 13, 2014 - 9:31 pm

    I don’t like any words.

  292. Virginia Lathan -  January 13, 2014 - 12:49 pm

    I love the word “mea culpa.” It’s such a sophisticated sounding way of saying “my bad” or “my fault,” or “I am to blame.”

  293. Joe L. -  January 13, 2014 - 6:53 am

    As an aside, my mom always wanted to hear Boris Karloff, in his most sinister voice, say the word “Antipasto.” Mom is cool and weird.

  294. Joe L. -  January 13, 2014 - 6:44 am

    I’ve always liked the word “soliloquy,” it sounds soft and round.

  295. Natalya Krivorski -  January 12, 2014 - 9:29 pm

    I love the word olediumyllst. It was very hard to say when i come to the Americas but i better english learned now. I also love word fridge raider because i love the food. I eat many Americas food but my favorite word is salad is very funny say. I do no many word from this wwecsite so english good now.

  296. Stevie James -  January 12, 2014 - 9:21 pm

    i love the word cow. it makes me think of pork.

  297. Geoffery James -  January 12, 2014 - 5:39 pm

    I prefer the word kerfluffle. It has a playful ring to it. It makes me imagine I am floating on a giant cloud surrounded by more clouds.

  298. Margaret Ann -  January 12, 2014 - 4:32 pm

    The word chandilier does have a nice ring to it, I must say. Isn’t it amaizing how many spectacular words there are out there. It makes me a little sad though… many of the young generation do not appreciate such words. I also enjoy the sound of the word feather. It sounds soft and comforting, doesn’t it?

  299. Jaimes Jawsh Smithe -  January 12, 2014 - 4:19 pm

    my faav word is pow. Ha Ha! LOL :)

  300. Bertha Agnessa Jane -  January 12, 2014 - 4:12 pm

    Oh me! I do not understand young folks language. I see this dictionary will come in handy! Jiminy!

  301. Billy Bob jumbo -  January 12, 2014 - 4:09 pm

    This vocab is so rad, I don’t think i’ve ever seen anything so funky and totes awesome dudeeee.

  302. Bertha Agnessa Jane -  January 12, 2014 - 3:46 pm

    There are so many words in the dictionary! Very educational and inspiring!

  303. c -  January 12, 2014 - 12:29 pm


  304. steve -  January 10, 2014 - 5:25 pm

    I said cellar door before I clicked on the blog. My English teacher taught us that in 1967. Funny the things you never forget.

  305. Anon -  January 10, 2014 - 1:40 pm

    “Cellar door” sounds scary to me. It’s like, “The boogeyman lives behind the cellar door.”

  306. Delina -  January 10, 2014 - 9:41 am

    I think “chandelier” is a beautiful word.

  307. fluffy101 -  December 10, 2013 - 6:22 pm

    I like “perewinkle and love”

  308. The Heart & the Machine | Subsocietal -  November 22, 2013 - 6:24 am

    [...] highs of a track with niche hypotheses of their own. Thom Yorke was an enthusiastic practitioner of phonaesthetics in Radiohead, repeating “Oh, the raindrops,” on Sit Down Stand Up because of the way the phrase [...]

  309. Sheryll Celladora Colmenares -  October 22, 2013 - 1:54 pm

    My niece sent me this link on my facebook. Would you believe Celladora is actually a word? Well, more like a name. It happens to be my family name on my mother’s side. :-)

  310. Emily -  October 8, 2013 - 5:52 pm

    I believe that serenity would be a more appropriate word choice. Seriously, just think about it and listen to it a few times.

  311. Jorge -  October 6, 2013 - 4:07 pm

    My favorite is the word “wheat” or maybe also “egg” or “yellow”

  312. Nino -  October 4, 2013 - 6:24 am

    My personal favorite is “Lubricate”

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  315. M -  August 30, 2013 - 1:18 am

    I don’t know if anyone’s said this yet, but I love psithurism. meaning, a whisper, or the sound of leaves rustling in the wind. I also like threnody, which is a mourning song, I believe.

  316. Campbell -  August 21, 2013 - 1:22 pm

    Cellar door makes me think of Raymond E Fiests novels based in the fiction world of Midkemia. There is a major city there called SALADOR. Same but different, i like it a bit more succinct and compact!

  317. Preston -  August 20, 2013 - 9:40 am

    I like the fat, round sound of “bubble.” And bobble. Bubble bobble. Like the old NES video game.

    “Bubble bobble” tickles my bones.

    Nabokov played with the euphony of “Lolita” when writing his novel.

    “Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.

    She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always Lolita.”

  318. Kelsey -  August 4, 2013 - 6:09 pm

    Sciatica is a beautiful sounding word, in my opinion. Even though it has a harsh meaning.
    Definition: Pain affecting the back, hip, and outer side of the leg, caused by compression of a spinal nerve root in the lower back…

  319. S. -  July 23, 2013 - 11:49 am

    My personal favourite is “writhe.”

  320. T Dubya -  July 17, 2013 - 2:07 pm

    I like benevolence! And lackadaisical, and ennui (though perhaps that’s French?).

  321. George Costanza -  July 17, 2013 - 2:04 pm

    Manure! Think about it, you’ve got the ‘mah’, and then the ‘newer’. Bellissimo!

  322. Adam P -  May 28, 2013 - 11:31 am


  323. Elando -  May 14, 2013 - 2:28 am

    I like veal and faery. Technically faery isn’t a word, but i read it somewhere

  324. Elando -  May 14, 2013 - 2:26 am

    I love veal and ruthless. They sound so, interesting!

  325. Jared -  May 2, 2013 - 10:31 pm

    Resplendence. And as a bonus, the connotation is great too.

  326. Jason -  May 2, 2013 - 5:39 pm

    What’s also pretty cool is “crescendo.”
    It’s neat because the volume swells in the middle, just like the meaning of the word.

  327. jasmne -  April 29, 2013 - 8:37 am

    helloo i like people : )

  328. Fiona -  April 26, 2013 - 5:23 pm

    I love the sound of cellar door, the more I say it the less it means! Other words I love are, starshine, syzygy and mellifluous, and my own name in a whisper!

  329. Eileen Popp Syracuse NY -  April 24, 2013 - 3:14 pm

    I have always loved the words insouciant- butterfly, Shenandoah…

  330. Jason -  April 18, 2013 - 5:31 pm

    Y’all, unfortunately, are all wrong.

    The best word is sheeps.

    I know it’s not grammatically correct but it’s ridiculously fun to say.

  331. Emjay -  April 15, 2013 - 7:50 pm

    Plated tail
    Sandwich clamp
    Upholstery nail

  332. Linnéa -  April 15, 2013 - 9:21 am

    ^ I love how it so effortlessly escapes my mouth.

  333. Linnéa -  April 15, 2013 - 9:18 am


  334. sarah -  April 8, 2013 - 5:00 pm

    lithium is very pretty.

  335. Esse est percipi -  April 4, 2013 - 8:47 am


    ; )

  336. Alberto -  March 30, 2013 - 6:10 pm

    I like hubris and nostalgia

  337. Volition -  March 22, 2013 - 5:55 pm

    Even though it has the worst connotation ever, the word suicide is fun to say and rolls off the tongue.

  338. Toha -  March 12, 2013 - 3:08 am

    I also like the word ‘shenanigans’.

  339. Bianca -  February 20, 2013 - 7:09 pm


  340. DKHuxley -  February 15, 2013 - 6:35 pm

    Chiropodist which I first heard in a cartoon. We don’t have them in the U.S.

  341. Syncope -  February 13, 2013 - 8:57 am

    ‘Scintilla’ is an awesome word. I notice that words with the letters ‘S’ and ‘L’ in them tend to sound euphonic.

  342. Callie -  February 6, 2013 - 11:03 pm

    doppelganger. great word

  343. Isabella -  February 6, 2013 - 5:31 pm

    I agree with the notion of being biased because the knowledge of the definition is in my head. To me “cellar door” doesn’t sound pretty at all. :)

  344. Lily -  February 6, 2013 - 5:17 pm


  345. L.Geyser -  February 4, 2013 - 10:05 am

    I find “basement door” far more euphonious than “cellar door.” “Basement” starts on the lips, while “door” ends almost in the throat; together, they flow from front of the mouth to the back.

  346. jen -  January 29, 2013 - 12:54 pm


  347. Matiza Yin -  January 29, 2013 - 1:24 am

    “Axiomatic” (Axe-xi-yem-matic)
    Meaning self explanatory, clearly obvious.

  348. valeria gonzález -  January 25, 2013 - 10:30 am

    Hey how is it possible that one of the words used in this article does not appear in this dictionary? The word is: Phonaesthetic.

    English is my second language, so even though I understand the meaning of “Phonaesthetics” because of this article, I was interested in knowing how to pronounce it. But.. surprise! dictionary.reference.com tells me that there are “no dictionary results” for that word D:

  349. Jay Stewart -  January 23, 2013 - 2:20 pm


    Every time I see this word in print, I imagine it as spoken by James Earl Jones. This is the perfect storm of meaning and aesthetics.

  350. Ernest -  January 22, 2013 - 5:19 am


    It makes me feel so bitter sweet when I think of that word… It’s my treasure word, truly special.

  351. jhamikah -  January 19, 2013 - 3:50 am

    this is how it goes….

    my boyfriend says the word “CELLAR DOOR” slowly near to my ear and its like forevers not enough for the both of us…

  352. Martin -  January 18, 2013 - 10:51 pm

    When I was little I loved the sound of “Massachusetts Understanding”, which words came together in a history book my older brother was reading to my mother. For a long time I wanted Massachusetts Understanding to be my middle name!

  353. marina Karapetyan -  January 17, 2013 - 7:09 pm

    My son’s favorite word is falcon.t

  354. Grewfz -  January 15, 2013 - 1:06 pm


    It is a nut and in a sense it is that nut in your chest that sometimes makes you do crazy things. It sounds funny, brings out the squirrels and it tastes and smells pretty good too. I think it is a very complete word with many references to and fro.

    Cellar door does nothing for me!

  355. Elenkaia -  January 13, 2013 - 9:38 am

    Plethora, serendipity, serum, presto, menthol, mauve, etc.

  356. Marha -  January 13, 2013 - 7:38 am

    Babylon would be my choice . BABYLON . BEBELONNNNN !

  357. gatorgirl -  January 9, 2013 - 7:07 pm

    I’ve always loved the sound of these combination of words: flooded woods, valley of the kings, and now, cellar door! Thank you for a new favorite.

  358. Creative -  January 9, 2013 - 6:24 pm

    Whilst cellar door does sound rather Charles Aznavour. I think:

    cupboard love

    when spoken slowly has three even beats and ends on a long note, like cellar door, but has the additional meaning. It reminds me of a beautiful cat caressing my legs just before feeding (albeit obtuse love because they are so independent at other times !)

  359. bonggarrido -  January 9, 2013 - 11:20 am

    chantily, chantily lace. champagne?

  360. Jose -  January 8, 2013 - 3:54 pm

    Nincompoop, of course. And pretty much all epithets Bertie Wooster’s aunt Agatha uses about him.

  361. courtny -  January 7, 2013 - 8:41 am

    cellar door didn’t seem very pleasing to my ears but I don’t know why but
    I love the word smooch e.g. I smooched some butterfingers.

  362. Channey -  January 6, 2013 - 6:38 am

    I like ‘translucent’. It give me almost a feather light feeling. It also has a quite dynamic feel, like it’s shifting and moving. ‘flammable’ is also nice.

  363. Marcia -  January 4, 2013 - 11:30 am

    Remove the meaning from “mother”. I like how it sounds. And “Shangri-la”.

  364. Jonathan -  November 29, 2012 - 1:53 pm

    I read all the comments—enjoyed those about word sounds and connotations, hated the religious proselytizing and lazy misspellings; c’mon people, in a comment about your favorite words is it too much to ask that you heed the little, red, wavy line before you hit send? What follows are words culled from previous posts, supplemented by others I thought of—mostly euphonic, though occasionally personal connotations, or “fun-to-say” factored in. Enjoy! colloquialism, muffin, eloquent, elegant, benevolent, insidious, requiem, bubble, autumn, pebbles, lucid, mellifluous, allure, puncture, silhouette, tsunami, (one beauty of English is that we can just steal words…), luscious, succulent, velvet, voluptuous, voluminous, sensual, mesmerizing, superfluous, serenity, loquacious, gorgeous, fortuitous, purple, obsequious, supple, lithe, penultimate, oblique, shaman, pithy, subliminal, soothing, gentle, caress, incredulous, serendipity, silence, moonbeam, poignant, emerald, lyrical, noodles, tranquility, nincompoop, idiosyncrasies, bundle, lush, effervescent, lyric, lucid, parallelogram, ladle, puddle, befuddled, jalopy, antiquity, melodious, svelte, penguin, juxtaposition, sushi, massage, gazebo, bulbous, lollipop, lackadaisical, portly, magnanimity, ubiquitous, dilapidated, windswept, ennui, crestfallen, malicious, peach, lagoon, bamboozle, esoteric, demure, acquiescence, nipple, liquid, sphere, askew, avuncular, inundate, picturesque, persnickety, articulate, melancholy, pristine, chocolate, lasagna, mesmerize, savage, exquisite, crunch, Lilliputian, Liverpudlian, shenanigans, rutabaga, crisp, meticulous, ragamuffin, buffoon, whisper, perpendicular, paraphernalia, flabbergasted, languorous.

    I think the ugliest sound is the American “a,” as in “hat,”

    Fun combinations “rural juror” “Reckless Abandon,” “blissful oblivion,” “flannel animal.” “Pensive citadels”

  365. Naina -  November 3, 2012 - 5:13 am

    destined, articulate, delirious, melancholy, prestigious, pronounced, construe, conducive, pristine, ludicrous.. are just a few of my favourite English words. I also like the sharp or soft ‘click’ sound of the ‘c’ in many words pronounced in british English.

  366. hazeyjane -  October 18, 2012 - 2:07 am

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  367. Evan D -  October 10, 2012 - 5:36 pm


  368. emmaleigh -  September 16, 2012 - 12:18 am

    I love the word ‘eloquent’. It sounds just as it means – eloquent.

  369. Jay -  August 28, 2012 - 6:25 am

    My absolute favourite English word is ‘Decadence’ which means to decline and deteriorate. In Latin it would have to be ‘Lacrimosa’ which means weeping and in Japanese ‘Akuma’ which means demon.

    I’ve just noticed that if you say them one after the other, they all have that soft ‘click’ sound that your tongue makes over the ‘c’.

  370. Lisabeit -  August 27, 2012 - 1:09 pm

    I like “negligent,” “malignant,” “malevolent,” “benevolent.”

  371. food lover -  August 27, 2012 - 12:06 am

    My favorite word is panacea. And it has an awesome meaning to boot.

  372. paul -  August 4, 2012 - 2:48 am

    the cellar door —-> terms of phonaesthetics

    euphonic -> sound combination .

    cacophony of words without regards for sematics voice sound and aesthetics.

    cell of llular of , sound combination are like not in A to Z it is like a’ b’ c’ prnouncation un specific taste of sound .. and taste of combination … un less

    beautiful ….. b’ eau’ t_ i ‘ ful… imagination of awesome word …. that is the heavenly word of se see’ x and love in this universe .. that is secreate of eaccc
    ear could hear in this world … eyes cant see with more beauty .. thats limitation ..of earth and terms of manipulation .. its being in illuminat eye .

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  374. Mr. Vantas -  July 26, 2012 - 9:30 pm

    The MEANING of my favorite word is not beautiful at all, but I always liked the sound of the word ‘Malevolent’…
    and I like the word ‘Beauty’ itself.

  375. Dim -  July 25, 2012 - 1:42 am

    For me I like the words “balderdash” and “ghoti”

  376. K -  July 16, 2012 - 1:09 am


  377. Liane -  July 14, 2012 - 9:57 pm


  378. dietcherry -  July 8, 2012 - 9:41 pm

    It would have to start with S: how about sashay? But my favorite word to say is smooch because you are perfectly puckered for one by the end!!!

  379. NLapin -  July 8, 2012 - 4:54 pm

    Working in the graphics industry i get to try words that are technology driven but quite nice to say…

    Some ‘soft sounding’
    3D terms :)

    Ambient Occlusion,
    Alpha Channel
    Global Illumination

    ‘Crunchy’ Words :D

    Specular (Highlights)

    Just Fun :)

    subsurface scattering
    thinking particles

    chortle!!!!! :D

  380. Hattie -  June 25, 2012 - 4:40 pm

    In like the sound of the word “Insidious”

  381. Juliaaaaaaa(L) -  June 19, 2012 - 12:38 pm

    A word that is beautiful, simple, and magical! I have this word tattooed on me:) love it!!

  382. Random Martian -  June 12, 2012 - 1:11 pm

    I love the word requiem

  383. ThomasHiranwa -  June 12, 2012 - 1:04 pm

    Words: Deciduous, avalanche, kinetic, pacific, felicity, agrarian, bucolic

    Phrases: crisply fallen, abyssal shore, myriad wandering, sulfuric milieu

  384. psalm -  June 6, 2012 - 5:33 am

    Golden Sky

  385. rikf -  May 31, 2012 - 1:26 am

    I love tumescence…

    I like the sound, and as a male, I like the effect.

  386. Isabel -  May 22, 2012 - 4:54 pm

    Belladonna is my personal favorite. It may be a poisonous plant, but it sounds so pretty!

  387. patience -  May 7, 2012 - 8:16 am

    all the nice words have been said but i would say the word kiss is my best mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…………….sounds good

  388. Phil -  May 4, 2012 - 9:42 pm

    Cellar door? To excel adore.

    Same sounds, different words/meanings. Does it make a difference? It brought to my mind:

    Excalibur – shining swords and armour and chivalry

    I think there may be whole domains of feeling that we each associate with different words, languages and different experiences. So much depends on our culture which means our upbringing, influences, education, reading, a heritage of singing, stories or poetic culture and so on. So words and their sounds conjure up different feelings and associations for all of us.

    Excalibur made me think of
    Roman (Hollow Hills, Crystal Cave?)
    Greek – that euphonic language: chrysanthemon
    Phoenix – nice piquant word
    Phoenician – Asterix comics
    Aztec – reds and oranges and brrr! nastiness (only less malign than that of their conquerors, perhaps).

    English speakers sometimes say they dislike the guttural sounds of German but if you see a beautiful attractive German person saying nice things in a gentle manner with a radiant smile, German is as lovely, interesting, quirky and cute — in its own way — as any language. Unter den Linden. Feuer-zangen-bolle. Gluwein. Lilly Marlene. Apfel. Auf Wiedersehen. (And English is about 60% German (Anglo-Saxon).

    I heard a Papuan lady sing the song Tanah Papua recently. The sounds of Indonesian are probably nothing like as beautiful to an English speaker’s ears and mind as Romance languages and Greek but her heartfelt rendition brought tears to my eyes. I could hear it over and over. We inherit tastes and attribute meaning and beauty to sounds, words, tones and rhythms and we can constantly expand our tastes and re-mould our conditioning if we wish. In English language, if you wish to excel adore other languages too. Salut salam shalom.

  389. galen -  May 3, 2012 - 4:16 pm


  390. Lindsay -  May 2, 2012 - 3:15 pm

    Talent, neon, encore, tuxedo, death, kissing, moon, transmission, nightmare, joke, babble, video, haunt, visage, tape, nothing, box, sex, mirror, dance, electricity, bank, yellow, hysterical, record, octopus, honey, blood, telephone, television, image, vague, static. To name a few. My favorite word of all might be boy.

  391. milli -  April 15, 2012 - 2:45 pm

    My personal favorite is Sibilation. I was rifling through an old thesaurus and I came upon that word and instantly loved it.

  392. jamest -  April 12, 2012 - 12:04 am

    Silt, resting in a river. The image stays with me…

  393. Dany -  April 11, 2012 - 3:06 pm

    Oh! And how could I forget these: ‘dove’, ‘abyss’, and ‘echo’. Definitely echo.

  394. Dany -  April 11, 2012 - 3:03 pm

    My favorite word is definitely ‘autumn’. I just love the way it sounds and how it feels on my tongue. Even written, it feels like a beautiful word. I also like the way ‘grace’, ‘oasis’, and ‘quake’ (in that order) feel.
    And, honestly, although ‘cellar door’ does sound pretty nice, I would never think of it as something more than a slightly-above-average sounding phrase. Though ‘Celladora’ is a beautiful name…

  395. Rais Daud -  March 31, 2012 - 11:20 pm

    Nice,but i want most beautiful word for my account password

  396. Fivetap -  March 26, 2012 - 10:41 pm

    I think Tolkien was segregating the word from the meaning. After a while it becomes reminiscent of the french “ce la vie”…

  397. Jayde -  March 25, 2012 - 9:43 pm


  398. Chellspecker -  March 23, 2012 - 8:20 am

    Please, I beg of you all, do not name your daughters Celladora, for the love of everything good and true. It’s the most ridiculous fairytale nonsense name I’ve ever heard and no child should be burdened with it. It would be like naming your child Belladonna, which is poisonous. Cellar door is fine the way it is, thank you very much.

  399. Brando -  March 18, 2012 - 11:02 pm

    1) Putrefaction
    2) Potpourri
    3) Eigengrau
    4) Mamihlapinatapai
    5) Brouhaha
    6) Phantasmagorie

    A few of these aren’t English but oh well :) These are a few of my faves.

  400. juno -  March 13, 2012 - 7:20 am

    i think the most beautiful word in English is music. i mean it just sounds good. think about it
    or maybe pasta

  401. shayes -  March 13, 2012 - 4:00 am

    Benign ,introvert, dolt

  402. wolfwoman -  March 11, 2012 - 9:53 pm

    My favorite word is “companion” because it’s the right shade of blue denim jeans, soft and warm from the dryer that fit me “just so”.

  403. Cass -  March 11, 2012 - 12:45 pm


    I think Tolkien was on to something; I’ve always been enamored by the word “celadon”. It sounds almost exactly like “cellar door”, but sounds good even in rhotic accents. It also has the added benefit of having a non-offensive meaning. Celadon is a pale grey-green color, or a porcelain with that color of glaze.

  404. Christine -  March 3, 2012 - 9:26 am

    I always thought “aesthetically” was a nice-sounding word. As is “oasis” and “juxtapose”. I also really like “defenestrate”.

  405. moi -  February 29, 2012 - 1:07 pm

    I like it as a name, ‘cellodora’ but wouldn’t have chosen it as my favourite…
    I like pebbles, lucid, melliofluous, anonymous, collaberation

  406. Mares. -  February 24, 2012 - 10:02 am

    allure. it echoes serenely.

  407. Seamus Pook -  February 16, 2012 - 1:24 pm

    Coined by a band (Queensryche) though I wish I could claim it, is such a beautiful song title that I think it stands above cellar door. It is…Silent Lucidity

  408. ana -  February 13, 2012 - 8:26 pm

    cellar door. he definitely got it right. i dont know about you but i like the imagery.

  409. llama -  February 9, 2012 - 3:38 pm

    ooh, and i love celladora

  410. llama -  February 9, 2012 - 3:37 pm

    personally, i love grace because it’s one of my best friends names

  411. lana -  February 7, 2012 - 12:21 pm

    i like;

    i also like the names Noelle, Elijah, Hazel and Blair ._.

  412. Ebony -  February 1, 2012 - 1:23 pm

    i don’t know if it’s been mentioned already, but i know it hasn’t been said enough in this thread: thistle. it is the most beautiful word in the language to me, and i think it is one of, if not the, only nouns that actually sound like what they are. try it-picture a thistle, then say the word. it fits. other words, that aren’t s that sound like what they are, selon moi, are: puncture, crack (is that an onomatopoeia?), sift, and flow.

  413. Yuki -  January 25, 2012 - 6:19 pm

    I also love the word Ecstasy! It’s fun to say!

  414. Yuki -  January 25, 2012 - 6:18 pm

    I love the words:
    Andante (the tempo of normal; walking pace)
    Serene (Just sounds pretty)
    Melancholy (I just like it)
    Indifference (this sounds nice to me, contrary to it’s meaning)

  415. Natalie -  January 13, 2012 - 6:31 pm

    Lots of words are quite wonderful, but two that I have always liked are “fresh” and “crisp.” No idea why.

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  417. Matt -  January 7, 2012 - 2:03 pm


  418. Nina // Germany -  January 4, 2012 - 4:09 pm

    My top 3 words are

    Serendipity, Lullaby & Rose

    They’re simply beautiful -
    their sound and meaning!

    Cellar door…yes, it sounds nice, but there are many better words out there, IMO.

  419. Sarah -  December 28, 2011 - 12:59 am

    Luscious, succulent, velvet, voluptuous (Italian “volupte”), voluminous, sensual, captivating, mesmerizing, ravishing, mysterious, superfluous, serenity, delicious, loquacious, lullaby, beautiful, gorgeous, honeysuckle, muscadine, scarlet, fortuitous, purple, obsequiously, syncopation, supple…imagine saying these words with a Scarlett O’Hara style accent…it’s the in dark chocolate and champagne of phonetics…thus, the French/Italian influence…

  420. daaaaamn -  December 5, 2011 - 8:45 pm

    What the hell? Words aren’t beautiful. They’re a burden.

  421. Kayla -  November 27, 2011 - 9:57 pm

    We had to write poems for our AP American Lit class a few weeks ago, and my teacher loved my friend’s just because she had the word “arpeggio” in it. She was even chosen to participate in a poetry reading…

    My favorites would have to be “munificence” and “cerulean.” They just sound so elegant and serene.

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  424. NJ -  November 9, 2011 - 11:53 pm


  425. Shane -  November 4, 2011 - 7:27 am

    No wonder why shakespeare had to invent so many words.

  426. [-] -  November 1, 2011 - 11:02 am

    all about the Vs
    like vivacious. words you can really bite into, you know?
    even vile.


  427. Sydney -  October 29, 2011 - 2:53 am

    How about those of us who once — or continue — to have a speech disorder? As a child, ‘L’ was difficult for me to pronounce if it was in the middle or the end of a word. Example: ‘hold’ or ‘coal.’ Even today, occasionally I will say, ‘it’s so code (sic) outside!’ I mean to say ‘cold,’ but unconsciously I drop the ‘L’ so ‘cold’ sounds like ‘code.’

    Given my history, ‘cellar door’ would NOT be a phrase I find attractive. In fact, I am likely to avoid using it simply from habit. Although incorrect, I would probably use ‘basement’ instead of ‘cellar.’ ;-)

  428. forrest -  October 19, 2011 - 10:26 pm

    I’m surprised some of these have not been mentioned, particularly Viola, unless I missed it above. My favorites:
    Viola – best word

  429. zabi -  October 11, 2011 - 8:00 am

    مردم بايد شراب بخورند .اما چرس نكشند.

  430. khan -  October 11, 2011 - 7:56 am

    muje pine ka shok nahi,pita ho gham bolani.

  431. alice -  September 29, 2011 - 2:24 pm

    my favourites (regardless of meaning):

    plight, kenspeckle, shard, oblique, glass, orchard, water, luminous, liminal, touch, pith, dandelion, coil

  432. Pinki -  September 24, 2011 - 8:00 pm

    Isn’t it funny how some favorite or beautiful-sounding words are based on the definition? I mean, most of all these words have a nice meaning behind it. Or at least something that’s not bad or gross or anything.
    Cellar door is rather a unique sound. Without the definition, the word is beautiful. Think about it. Say it in a whisper or a hushed voice, a bit slowly, with the end of the word kind of trailing off. Don’t think about rickety, old doors leading up to a cellar, just think of the way it sounds. Rather pleasing, huh? Or, it feels as is you’re serene. Cellar door…………..

  433. Elana Murray -  September 23, 2011 - 1:22 pm

    Ahh yes, and I think AMUCK is one of the most fun words to say!

  434. Rachel Thomas -  September 20, 2011 - 5:33 am

    So difficult to separate the sound/look of a word with its meaning and associations.

    A few of my favourites: tumbledown, lullaby, bubble.

    I agree, cellar door is strangely satisfying to say out loud!

  435. kacki -  September 15, 2011 - 11:20 am

    Khaki is the word my younger bro called me – it sounds fun, thanks for describing the origin of Khaki.
    Sensual is another beautiful word- the sound of it echos much of
    what we are discussing in terms of sensing a word.

  436. Mohammed -  September 11, 2011 - 8:35 pm

    I read the whole thread. No one mentioned the words borrowed from the Indian subcontinant i.e. Jungle, Thug (both from urdu) and Khaki (Persian word picked up by Urdu and then English litterally meaning the color of clay, ground, earth from the origional Persian word “Khak”)

  437. Ami -  September 10, 2011 - 10:15 am

    I myself like beautiful words that can be adjective, … like what? lullaby in lullaby tune.

  438. Edward -  September 7, 2011 - 1:20 pm

    And yes, I saw one contributor with the name Michelle… a lucky girl. ♥

  439. Edward -  September 7, 2011 - 1:19 pm

    The word everyone likes to hear is ones own name, so they tell me. However, I most love to hear my girl-friend’s name, Michelle (ma belle) ♫ because it is mellifluous. Also, Milan, my daughter’s name is like that–filled with charm. And, if I ever buy a yacht I will name it The Mississippi–such a pretty name, and even spelling it is a pleasure, isn’t it so?

  440. sadiq olorunoje -  September 5, 2011 - 12:23 pm

    just a quick one….i love words like sexy,elegant,shenanigans,scalawag,nitendo,paparazzi and razmatazz

  441. Sarah -Jane -  September 3, 2011 - 8:40 pm

    What about phases? My favouriute words are serendipity, mellifluous, and loquacious and I have another which I think hasn’t yet been mentioned. Close your eyes. Speak soft like your exhailing a breath and whisper elat. Eee-claaah. Otherwise it sounds to sharp and shiny. But if you do it this way you can make it wound soft and sweet. Try it :-)

  442. Anna Lynn -  September 3, 2011 - 12:15 am

    What about “What are the CUTEST words?” I think the word turtle is really cute.

  443. Philogos -  September 2, 2011 - 6:19 am

    If we are talking about sound and not meaning then it seems a touch arrogant to think that the most beautiful phrase would be in english. What is wrong with the Zulu word hlupekha (to worry) or the Italian consapevole (conscious of)? Or what about the Leonard Cohen favourite, Hallelujah?

  444. Marcie -  August 25, 2011 - 7:17 pm

    so many words…so little time….but one of my favorites is the word “soothe”…not only because of the pleasant thoughts it evokes but phonetically it slips so smoothly off the tongue and lands so softly on the ear…lets just say its really soothing
    My least favorite words (although they are not really accepted as standard English I find they are used commonly and by people who should know better like radio announcers,DJs,politicians etc…) CONVERSATE and IRREGARDLESS

  445. trlkly -  August 25, 2011 - 8:02 am

    Well, duh. Tolkien was British and doesn’t pronounce the Rs in those words. you leave the rhotic out, and you’ve removed what makes the word sound horrible.

    And as I said in the other topic, the majority of English speakers have a rhotic accent, so declaring a word that is only pretty in a non-rhotic accent as the most beautiful, is ridiculous.

    As what does “the most beautiful words in English” mean but the words that the majority of English-speaking people declare to be so? Who are these experts who can’t even be bothered to do basic research? Hint: if, as you state, the majority of people would be incredulous at the declaration, then it can’t be the most beautiful word.

    As you stated, serendipity would get a lot more votes, and thus actually is a contender.

  446. Squackie -  August 24, 2011 - 4:02 pm

    I shall provide a word that is in it’s self so attractive to me that it has pervaded my speech for nigh on a lifetime! Is not the word “Beautiful” it’s own epitome? Perhaps your gazes are selecting their courses with too great a discretion? be more open to the plethora of possibilities. Turn your sites home, and for all your familiarity, you may yet be astonished! Please forgive my altitudinous vocabulary, amongst which exclusively here there was a factitious English word to which spell check could not so much as assent to the validity of its existence! I am, however disagreeable with the concept on the crude and unrefined dialects that now present themselves within the English vernacular. I shall now entertain you with the challenge of ascertaining the word to which the spell check could find no familiarity

  447. Maria -  August 8, 2011 - 9:03 am

    Silver, silence, miraculous, ink,
    wordless, ice, lace, time,
    freeze, starlit, jump, leap,
    ring, moonbeam, fly, shine.

    … Somehow they ended up rhyming. I think words sound best strung together.

  448. Jonathon -  August 6, 2011 - 5:15 pm

    Personally, I enjoy the sound of “cellar door,” but alas, my mind is prejudiced against it due to negative connotations.
    I would say that “silver,” “splendor” “vicarious,” and “heroic” are my favourite words pertaining to sound.

  449. joy -  August 6, 2011 - 7:45 am

    Enjoyed the varied choices, but disagree with cellar door. It is difficult to choose a favorite in English. I love the English language, but the sound of almost anything in Spanish and French seems more readily appealing to me. I was rather startled to find that, as a professing Christian I had never really sounded out the words Jesus Christ until I stumbled on the etymology of Xmas on this site (x stands for Christ) while contemplating this question. What ensued was a startling revelation that there is indeed “power” and beauty in the name. Even after having long actively avoided actually speaking the name because of it’s gauche connotations in the secular world, I rarely said it out loud. Indulge me and just try to deliberately enunciate the words Jesus Christ feel and hear the sound and the effort it takes to msske it. You may notice the plaintive catch-in- your-throat angst of the first word and the inexorable breathy relief of the last. This is not a pretty word but there is an awesome transformative power in the name..of course it sounds even better to me in French or Spanish.Though blasphemous, the word Jesus sounds absolutely hilarious in the exasperated pronouncement “Cheee-sus!” I thought the sweetest two words in the English language were when my mother, in cute Spanish-accented English sighed, monts before her death, ruefully as if to some unseen confessor, “Only Chee-ses” Sometimes two words are worth a million rosaries.

  450. CallumFisher -  August 4, 2011 - 1:49 pm

    I love ‘sisyphean’. It’s used to describe an endless, unyielding labour.

  451. Antago -  August 1, 2011 - 1:01 pm

    This article confuses me. “Cellador”, or “cellar door” if you wish, is not the most pleasing sound. And this suggestion was not claimed by anyone, by the way, as the article suggests, but rather was given as an opinion.

  452. Hayden -  July 29, 2011 - 4:44 pm

    I’m totally surprised no one has mentioned my personal favorite: gossamer.

  453. Summertime in Japan -  July 27, 2011 - 5:10 am


  454. maureen -  July 26, 2011 - 7:01 pm

    It has fluid alliteration that flows from the tongue, conjures clean winds, bright colors and an abundance of breathtaking nature.

  455. Kenny Smith -  July 26, 2011 - 1:49 am

    When I read words and phrases, I hear them. And when I hear them, I live them. In the case of “Cellar door”, cold brick walls surround me and I look despondently through the darkness towards a cellar door. I can approach the door and attempt to push it open, but it’s locked. I beat on it and ask if anyone is on the other side. The door unlocks and opens and a man in armor is there. He shouts “None of that! you hear me?” and pushes me down the steps, closes the door and locks it.

    ‘Despondent’ is my favorite. It may not trigger any reactions phonaesthetically, but I believe the idea transcends beauty in it’s own way.

  456. tan -  July 24, 2011 - 4:08 am

    @ M
    this is an online dictionary… if the meaning of a word escapes you, look it up!!!

  457. nicolewatson -  July 21, 2011 - 2:58 am

    Silence, is the coolest and the hottest word on the planet

  458. Aphropuff -  July 19, 2011 - 2:11 am

    Ever since i was a kid, i loved saying “Fresh Fish!” I’d say it all day and i still love it!
    I also loooved the sound of Orange Oranges. very refreshing:)

  459. M. -  July 16, 2011 - 1:23 pm

    I’ve read about 300 of these comments, and I have a list of 60 intriguing words that I would like to know the meaning of. I started this list after about 150 comments. Also, there were only 5 COMPLETELY hateful comments out of the ones I read! I got a great feeling from reading this.

    As for the word? The first word that popped into my mind was “colloquial”. I dismissed that, however, because it reminds me too much of a dingy village in the time of the American Revolution. Speaking of dingy, I like that word a lot. It’s not very beautiful, but it’s a fun word.

    I know MANY people have said this already, but I love the word “mellifluous”. It has a beautiful ring to it. Although the meaning is bad, “delinquent” is a beautiful word.

    I have found that a lot of these beautiful words are ones whose definitions I do not know. I believe that makes the word even more beautiful and alluring. It peaks your curiosity without letting it overpower the beauty.

    My final answer to this magnificent question is not a word, per se. It is a simple punctuation mark–”.” A period is a real thing of beauty. It can finish the open and open the closed. The word “period” has a bit of negative connotation (i.e. women’s hygiene), but the mark is wonderful. Everything ends with this mark, whether alone, on the top of a comma, or below a curve or straight line (? and !) to express extreme emotions. Periods can trail a sentence off into oblivion, usually when the author is becoming lost in thought… Periods are amazing! Why do some people not like periods? All of these are magical uses of a magical “word”.

  460. zodac -  July 16, 2011 - 10:22 am

    Lavender — I can’t look through all ,the entries but am surprised not to see in the couple hundred I did look through.

    Also – sussuration

  461. George Alcorn -  July 12, 2011 - 5:10 am

    My offering is the word ‘mellifluous’ – it sounds to my ear exactly what it means;
    I feel I want to wave my arm gently as I say it. It conjures up words like ‘mellow, honey, fluid, and flowing. AND……it just happens to mean (of a voice or words)
    sweet or musical; pleasant to hear, voila!

  462. IC Palasigue -  July 9, 2011 - 8:26 am

    The words that ease my burdens are: LORD, GOD, and JESUS CHRIST

  463. Kayleigh -  June 28, 2011 - 11:21 pm

    …cosmic, elixir, magicks, dragon, coin, shining…

  464. Kayleigh -  June 28, 2011 - 11:15 pm

    I love the word starlit! Also world, lyrical, violet, emerald, golden, light, bright, brilliant, silent, sword, mist, tree, water, bubble, eyes, poignant, tragic, volatile, the names Arthur and Melehan, idylls, and some weird ones like perchance, durst, trow, wist and mayhap. ^.~

  465. Grace Grotta -  June 24, 2011 - 10:19 pm

    I love spelling “Egypt” and hate spelling “Awkward”.
    My daughter’s name is Kiirin(‘KEY-rin), I love what Nic said about Celador for a boy’s name, it sounds so good! I would want to name a boy Jame, instead of James, so you only have to say “that’s Jame’s toy” not “that’s James’s's’s's’s's toy.”

  466. Grace Grotta -  June 24, 2011 - 10:11 pm

    Don’t ask me why, but I’ve always loved “Vehicular Manslaughter”

    And I can’t figure out if “Projectile Vomit” is Beautiful or Gross, but I like itXD

  467. Maddy M. -  June 24, 2011 - 5:10 pm

    My favorite sound is a word i made up for a class civilization name: Anaqualeture. (an OCK wa lay TOR) I think it sounds graceful and serene

  468. Nic -  June 22, 2011 - 10:21 am

    Of course, if you have a girl, you would probably want to name her… Celadora!

  469. Nic -  June 22, 2011 - 10:06 am

    If we’re all going to jump on the ‘cellar door’ bandwagon, I nominate that we change the spelling just a little to make the sound & flow of the word even more pleasing & a little smoother… and besides, that way someone will definitely name their kid after it, because it sounds ‘cool’.

    Cellar Door is now going to be spelled & pronounced = Celador

    Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to the show… Celador Jones!?

  470. person -  June 21, 2011 - 11:22 pm

    Honestly, my least favorite word is pulchritudinous (means beautiful) and my favorite is probably along the lines of mellifluous, gorgeous (because of how my friend says it), deoxyribonucleic, or pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis for its length.

  471. k -  June 21, 2011 - 11:37 am

    wow i never noticed how beautiful “cellar door” truly is!

  472. Allison Black -  June 20, 2011 - 8:30 am

    i do think that cellar door sounds pretty

    i think some of the most beautiful / my favorite words are

    velvet (sounds pretty)
    noodles (fun to say :D)
    chlorophyll (say it slow and let your tounge enjoy each sound)
    boutique (how you spell it compared to how you say it is wierd)

    also, i aggree with maddi with tear drop.

  473. Maddi -  June 19, 2011 - 6:25 pm

    I think the some of the most beautiful sounding words in the English language are antique, clarity and tear drop, even though it’s technically a compound word. I also think cellar door does sound very pretty.

  474. tronald dump -  June 19, 2011 - 6:17 am


  475. Erick -  June 17, 2011 - 12:13 pm

    “Serenade” but with [-ah, not -ay], “cigarette”, “undo”,

  476. Ken -  June 15, 2011 - 6:05 am


    Also submitted as a candidate for the grossest/worst sounding word.

  477. Shari -  June 14, 2011 - 1:56 pm

    I like surrender….the ultimate giving of one’s self makes this word beautiful to me. Also: unconditional, devotion, sacrifice, agape.

  478. CAM -  June 14, 2011 - 1:05 pm

    and heliotrope.

  479. CAM -  June 14, 2011 - 1:01 pm

    sonorous, euphonium, mellifluous, and Egyptian

  480. rp raajeswari -  June 13, 2011 - 11:12 am

    the most beautiful word is “beautiful” love, care, affection, kindness, compassion, tolerance,patience,truth,righteousness,and lastly peace which are good to hear and see.and my husband’s name which I love the most “Bali”.thank you.

  481. shykiddo -  June 13, 2011 - 7:13 am

    my favorites are melody, piano, sanctuary, vulnerable, sympathy, and party :)

  482. Alysha -  June 12, 2011 - 7:27 pm

    Edgar Allen Poe’s poem “Ulalume” is absolutely full of gorgeous words:

    “And now, as the night was senescent
    And star-dials pointed to morn –
    As the star-dials hinted of morn –
    At the end of our path a liquescent
    And nebulous lustre was born,
    Out of which a miraculous crescent
    Arose with a duplicate horn –
    Astarte’s bediamonded crescent
    Distinct with its duplicate horn.”

  483. Kat -  June 10, 2011 - 8:03 am

    And “cello store” is pretty good too. Go cello!

  484. Kat -  June 10, 2011 - 8:02 am

    I like serendipity too!!!!

  485. jondedo -  June 8, 2011 - 9:06 pm

    How about “cello store” instead of “cellar door?” It already has the association with a pleasant sound :-)

  486. davd -  June 8, 2011 - 12:26 pm

    serenity, tranquil, forlorn (if u don’t think of meaning), hooligan ( if said with posh voice and) and nincompoop. always brings a smile on my face every time. :)

  487. KoKaiKenzi -  June 7, 2011 - 2:29 pm

    I’ve got personal favorites of “extraneous”, “aberration”, “monotonous”, and “idiosyncrasies”. I do realize it is a weird combonation, but the way they are said is what makes them seem beautiful to me. :)

  488. Jeni -  June 7, 2011 - 7:17 am

    rhododendron seems to be a favorite–I see it a lot in contemporary poetry

  489. Rebecca Davis -  June 3, 2011 - 10:09 am

    I like how coelecanth is pronounced.
    obsfucate is fun to say

  490. Sravanthi -  June 3, 2011 - 3:19 am

    I don’t like the word “serendipity” …. it sounds like “surrounded by pity” or “serena needs pity” ……

  491. Lindsay H -  June 1, 2011 - 9:32 pm

    Catharsis. Cathartic. It’s like a breath of relief just saying any form of the word.

  492. Gregory -  May 28, 2011 - 5:20 am

    My favorite word is freedom

  493. Imago -  May 27, 2011 - 7:38 pm

    “Tinder”, or anything that rhymes with it, such as “hinder”.

    “Iridescent”, “iris”, “lyric”, “satirical”, etc. “Luminescent”, “effervescent”, “fluorescent”.

    anything with a lot of L’s, U’s, V’s and the shh sound, “lush”, “veil”, “lullaby” etc. Also any F and L combination, like “flame”.

    U, N, and D together- “understand”, “bundle”.

  494. J.D. -  May 26, 2011 - 11:50 pm

    onomatopoeia I like the way it flows when you say it and I think it fits well with its meaning its more of a sound than a word

  495. Morgan -  May 25, 2011 - 9:02 am

    @Ariana–must agree with the name “Cinna”…such a great name. Those books are awesome too “)

  496. WordNerd15 -  May 25, 2011 - 9:00 am

    “Innocent Bliss”

    It captures a feeling of youthfulness, carefree pleasure, and euphony. I use this all the time when I write–it captures such a great feeling “)

  497. Ashley -  May 25, 2011 - 8:03 am

    for years i couldn’t figure out why tolkien thought the phrase “cellar door” was so beautiful. then i realized that he’s british, so he would kind of drop the Rs off the ends of the words, especially the one on “cellar”. so he actually doesn’t say “cellerrr dorrr” like an American such as I; instead, he says “celladoh”, which sounds much prettier.

    I still don’t think it’s the prettiest, though.

  498. maribel -  May 24, 2011 - 4:29 pm

    This sure is shocking!

  499. Adriana -  May 24, 2011 - 12:06 pm

    @Kate You are so right. It sounds even cooler as a name! Well,like that! ;)

    @Rachel I agree that it is a pretty name! But it reminds me of “The Hunger Games” trilogy by Suzanne Collins. ;) It reminds me of the odd,but beautiful and magnificent names they have,like Cinna and Venia.

    ~Adriana :D

  500. ladyelmo -  May 23, 2011 - 6:17 pm

    I’ve always loved the word crimson. All kinds of sounds there–including the soft choclatey-ness of the smooth m, and the crisp cr, ending on a final sort of note with the nnn.
    Have you noticed a lot of words sound like their meanings? Like rock. Not a single sound is soft; but stone is different. Stone. Sounds smooth (s and n) and cold (t) and round (o), doesn’t it?

  501. jacklouis -  May 22, 2011 - 11:34 am

    I’ve always loved the phrase “kangaroo court” and the vivid imagery it produces.

  502. Charlotte -  May 11, 2011 - 1:36 am

    @Daniel i am also a synesthete but i see almost completely different colours to you! for example, lucid is a vibrant yellow whilst vivid is lime green. but i agree with you on both names except Ron. i find Ron to be a murky brown and to smell awful.
    i also agree with your statement that we are all partially synesthetic – i didn’t even realise that what i felt wasn’t the norm until i heard a fellow synesthete describing the condition!

  503. Bexa -  May 8, 2011 - 9:20 am

    Oops. I mean Caitlin’s right.

  504. Bexa -  May 8, 2011 - 9:17 am

    I like the word “lucid”. Caitlkn’s right- there’s something soothing about Ls.

  505. Jo -  May 7, 2011 - 9:28 pm

    Memories. That is a sweet word that evokes nostalgia and all kinds of
    sentiments. Which makes me think of another word I really like the sound of…sentimental

  506. Humpty Dumpty -  May 7, 2011 - 6:22 pm

    I like the ‘pa’ and ‘ss’ sound, like in pixie powder, and ice, or soot..

  507. CandaceScintilla -  May 2, 2011 - 10:21 pm


  508. Caitlin -  May 1, 2011 - 9:18 pm

    I don’t know why but I think the most beautiful words are those that contain the letter L, like: ripple, velvet, lullaby, willow, linger, melody, elope, silk, ladle, mulberry….
    And for some reason I love collecting girls names that, to me, sound ‘pretty’: Penelope, Felicity, Isla, Lilo (said Lee-Low) and Amelia – to name but a few!

    I think it does have something to do with childhood, there has to be a reason sounds like “la” “li” and “lo” sound so soft and soothing to me.

  509. Uthra -  April 28, 2011 - 12:00 am

    “Sophisticating” Itself is sophisticating!

  510. Descro -  April 27, 2011 - 11:38 am

    I like the word reciprocate. Has a nice ring to it. Also, paradigm, harbinger, zephyr, and the word paradox.

  511. sonja -  April 20, 2011 - 11:22 pm

    i love the word communism. plus it’s so fun to write. over and over and over. i could write it all day!

  512. Aria -  April 20, 2011 - 5:00 pm

    I love the word Iridescent :)

  513. A. Maryadi -  April 13, 2011 - 12:07 pm


  514. MATT -  April 2, 2011 - 4:52 pm

    I think this combination has a beautiful flow, as well as a smooth texture to your tongue: “Believe eternal cello” and another great word is: “Symphony”.

  515. A Person -  March 28, 2011 - 2:55 pm

    Ooh, wait! I know! Psychadelic!

  516. A Person -  March 28, 2011 - 2:52 pm

    Ariados. Sycorax. I have a ton of favorite words!

  517. Lora -  March 27, 2011 - 2:48 pm

    Sigh… at the bottom again. Actually, sigh is a world I do find beautiful. Others would include sweet, melancholy, mournful, gentle, soft, shelter, tranquil, and serene. Just writing them makes me feel more relaxed.

  518. doug -  March 24, 2011 - 5:56 pm

    ok ok I also like:


  519. doug -  March 24, 2011 - 5:46 pm

    ok just 2 more (this is quite addictive)


  520. doug -  March 24, 2011 - 5:42 pm

    and 1 more:


  521. doug -  March 24, 2011 - 5:39 pm

    So many great words already listed. Here are some others that sound pleasing to me that I like prounouncing:


  522. PrincessT -  March 23, 2011 - 7:25 pm

    Eleemosynary is the most beautiful word, hands down.

  523. Hamachisn't -  March 14, 2011 - 5:31 pm

    Not related to “the most beautiful word” but I don’t know a better place to post this suggestion for another question to ask the readers:

    What is your favorite word?

    One of my favorite words is “sesquipedalian”. Rather than spoil the fun by blabbing out its definition to the readers, I’ll let them look it up and laugh, the way I did years ago.

    (By the way, it’s only one and a half feet if you use the correct font size.)


  524. Jumman Surender -  March 14, 2011 - 3:18 pm

    My personal favorite is “Wife”!!! You are incomplete without her and she without you!!!! :-)

  525. Wordy -  March 9, 2011 - 9:08 am

    I love all words that mean confusing: flummoxed, frazzled,, dumfounded, addled, baffled, and especially flabbergasted. And Tolkien’s confusticated. Great words!

  526. Anisha -  March 7, 2011 - 6:09 pm

    I would rather go for the words such as,

  527. i have no name -  March 7, 2011 - 5:18 pm

    personally my favorite word is rambunctious, it has a nice rough sound that is still playful

  528. Henriette -  March 3, 2011 - 10:46 am

    I agree with the words cellar door but I’m a South African and we drop our ‘r’s. my favourite word is melodious.

  529. Thingie -  March 3, 2011 - 8:02 am

    My favorite word is “svelte”.

  530. C -  March 3, 2011 - 6:21 am

    Symphony, gobbledygook, mnemonic, plebian, pneumonia, idiosyncrasies, effervescence, syllables, sibilant, odious…. they feel good in my mouth. :-D Love, love, looove!

  531. mitdafocas -  March 2, 2011 - 8:07 am

    Bamboo! (forest)

    Celladora is beautiful, too bad its female only

  532. kara -  March 1, 2011 - 9:17 am

    my favorite word(s) are aqua and love.

  533. Broken -  February 27, 2011 - 8:44 pm

    Some words I do not see that I personally enjoy are whimsical, innuendo,
    dollop, dubious, and for some reason I love the combination of petty tyrant…I love this post btw *kudos*

  534. Alex -  February 26, 2011 - 10:40 pm

    I like esoteric!

  535. Colin -  February 24, 2011 - 3:58 pm

    I’ve always loved the sound of “jubilate” :)

  536. Azuluaru -  February 23, 2011 - 9:09 pm

    Isn’t this all sort of pointless? no one in the world is the same, so everyone has different preferences.It’s stupid and idiotic to believe that everyone in the whole world will agree on the same word as “the most euphonic word in the english language” because everyone likes different sounds.

  537. Nonentity -  February 21, 2011 - 8:10 pm

    Zephyr. LOVE that word.

  538. M i k e R -  February 19, 2011 - 4:23 pm

    The winners are below:

    How about a “Healthy” word….. “Selubrious”

    A name……”Bella”

    A thing…….”Mothers Milk”

    Where the MM comes from….”Big Bouncy Bodaciously Beaming oh so Beloved and Bountiful……….Breasts!” They are so comforting…you may rest on my breasts….why thank you…they are simply the best…above all the rest…I will make them my nest…I do not jest…for I will be their guest…and will never be a pest….to that I can attest…when I start my quest for your breasts with plenty of zest….oh how I love your breasts…they put me to the test….so lay back and let me enjoy the fest…..I am blessed….whoever would have guessed?

    And finally……..”Yummmmmm”….oooh it’s oh so good!!

    Last time I heard Cellar Door was when someone pushed me down the Cellar Stairs….AHhhhhhhhhh!!! I do like Shelladora though!
    Shut the door!!…what door?…the Shellardoor….leaves a bad taste in my mouth!!

  539. Carlos -  February 19, 2011 - 9:36 am

    Pagination. Hands down!!

  540. Ben -  February 18, 2011 - 11:33 pm

    I’d say “elusive” or “envelope.”

  541. WordsPerMinute -  February 18, 2011 - 8:10 pm


  542. Hannah -  February 18, 2011 - 6:11 pm

    I love the word “pretense”…

    Don’t know why, I think it’s because of a song I used to listen to when I was little

  543. Taumy -  February 18, 2011 - 11:13 am

    jux·ta·po·si·tion or jux·ta·pose.

    Yin and Yang in English; I love it!

    The word caught my eye, because it is so interesting to look at….A J and and an X in the same word, 5 vowels! The definition is just as wonderful.

    an act or instance of placing close together or side by side, especially for comparison or contrast.

  544. DudeWhoRidesABarbieBike -  February 18, 2011 - 7:29 am

    Dudes and dudettes out there, I’m sorry. I think the most beautiful phrase ever is… Happy Noodle.
    The best word is… Cow.
    Don’t laugh. Here are some more words:
    Cookie. Candy. Milk. Shroom. Sushi. Ninja. Smap.
    And one more. Massage. But pronounce it like mass-a-jee.

    Peace. Chewy,

  545. Nikki -  February 17, 2011 - 7:54 pm

    Adrenaline or Enemy everytime.

  546. da Graybeard -  February 15, 2011 - 7:43 pm

    I had an English teacher in high school — back in the 70′s — who, along with “cellar door,” cited “gonorrhea” as some-authority-or-another’s choice for euphonic king.

  547. Tigerfire -  February 12, 2011 - 11:49 pm


  548. cyrus esmaeili -  February 8, 2011 - 2:14 am


  549. Ryan -  February 7, 2011 - 7:38 pm

    “Beautiful” is the most beautiful word. In sound and meaning.

  550. Amrin -  February 6, 2011 - 8:03 pm


  551. wyattstorch42 -  February 3, 2011 - 6:55 pm

    @Buonvino: Totally. “Ginger pigeon” is the greatest thing I have ever heard.

    Although the best word in the English language is “xanthous,” hands down. I opened a dictionary to the X section once and saw it. What cooler word could possibly have such a simple definition? “1. yellow; 2. yellowish.” Love it.

  552. Marcos Martinez -  February 3, 2011 - 12:57 pm

    I love the word ONLY but I also like other estrage word, that makes my ears wake up and enjoy hearing it.

    I thins it’s the largest in the english language.

    Marcos Martinez 14 years
    Spain Cuenca

  553. LaCool -  February 3, 2011 - 7:30 am

    as someone mentioned Yaweh is a great, robust word. It’s very breathy and I like that
    but i think the most beautiful word is Nuance- it’s strong in all the right places but still very gentle to hear

  554. Rocky J. Mercado -  January 31, 2011 - 6:09 am

    I think that one of the most beautiful words in English is the word, “symbiotic”. It sounds like it is spelled; It rolls off the tongue; It tickles your ears; It has bright colors; It’s tones are vibrant; and the definition is stunningly beautiful.

  555. Fatiha -  January 30, 2011 - 2:50 pm

    Islam is a very nice word. It has a nice ring, a nice meaning, nice origin, etcc…

  556. Buonvino -  January 17, 2011 - 10:43 am

    “Ginger pigeon” easily beats out cellar door as the most pleasant two words to say together. Try saying ginger pigeon a few times, and then try to tell me I’m wrong.

  557. SHIVSHANKAR -  January 7, 2011 - 12:56 am

    “AWESOME” sounds very good and is awesome

  558. Rachel U. -  December 6, 2010 - 5:16 pm

    For me, words that have a sentimental meaning tend to appeal to me more. I also like names that end with -cia, such as Alicia or Elincia. They sound like graceful people, coming from the euphony of their names. Also, I agree, Celladora is pretty and, to my mother and me, is much better than cellar door. My dad says that phrase that’s most pleasing to his ears is ,”time to eat!” X3

  559. Charlie Bullock -  December 4, 2010 - 5:49 pm

    Oh, and I find it surprising how many people can’t spell their favorite words.

  560. Charlie Bullock -  December 4, 2010 - 5:43 pm

    Gotta be “Gazebo.” Say it to yourselves, people. GA-ZEE-BO. Gazebo, gazebo, gazebo.

    “Bulbous” is a serious contender as well.

  561. blumf blumph -  December 2, 2010 - 7:38 pm


  562. Lula -  December 1, 2010 - 11:06 am

    Glossiolalia- it’s long, flowing, and onomatopoeic

  563. Niri -  December 1, 2010 - 9:57 am

    no…ppl dont no wat they talking bout…Majenta..now thats a kool word

  564. Leland -  December 1, 2010 - 9:35 am

    I like “Cotillion”. Starts off with two strong consonant sounds and then softens beautifully.

  565. dearjohn -  December 1, 2010 - 9:30 am

    my favorite word is “dear” it really sounds wonderful to my ear,. :)

  566. Meg -  December 1, 2010 - 9:28 am

    Some nice-sounding words to think about…’Verona’, very satiny and watery, like a girl’s name…’ledger’–choppy and snappy(snappy’s a nice word too)…ever thought about the word ‘brouhaha’–it’s hilarious to say!i also like the sound of ‘extemporanea’, ‘cycle’, ‘mercurial’,and ‘name words’, like Sebastian, Evangeline, and Sheridan. A point to think about–lots of peoples’ words seem to be two-or-more syllables; maybe there is something in the flow & repetition of these words that seem more like verse or poetry than simply a collection of letters to express what you mean.

  567. Olenska -  December 1, 2010 - 8:57 am

    Formica dinette. I heard that the other day, and love it.

  568. Gretch -  December 1, 2010 - 8:36 am

    Personally, my favorite word has always been plethera. I also really like epiphany.

  569. Susan -  December 1, 2010 - 7:44 am

    When I was a child, in the ’50s, my father (an English language junkie) told me “cellar door” was the most beautiful phrase in the language. I didn’t get it then, but I do now.

  570. Greg -  December 1, 2010 - 7:02 am

    The most beautiful word in the English language is “retired.”

  571. Stellamarie -  December 1, 2010 - 7:00 am

    This is NOT true! Shakspear was once asked what his favorite word was and he said it was Cellar Door. Not because of the word itself but because of the beautiful discription conjured in his memories. You need to do some more homework on this!

  572. Casey -  December 1, 2010 - 6:00 am

    “Asia” – three syllables, one consonant. Beautiful.

  573. Tanya -  November 30, 2010 - 7:26 pm

    some good words: verdant, onyx (I like the sight and sound of that one), amethyst (ditto).
    Some bad words: pulchritude! It definitely does not convey its meaning–too harsh. I’ve also heard a lot of people hate moist. Personally, for onomatopoeic reasons, I hate piss.

  574. Abbey -  November 30, 2010 - 5:53 pm

    i LOVE the phrase “cellar door”!!!!!!! it rolls of your tongue beautifully!

  575. noopy -  November 30, 2010 - 5:44 pm

    No wonder Italian is considered the most beautiful language in the world by many…
    I think ‘cellar door’ was picked because it sounds like Italian or French.

  576. Maggie MacGregor -  November 30, 2010 - 5:40 pm

    I like Sophi’s comment about “march,” and I agree with “philosophy,” which is probably my favorite word for sound and meaning.

    My high school English Lit teacher told us way back in 1969 that the French had nominated “cellar door” as the most beautiful phrase in the English language. The idea predates Tolkien, according to this article: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/14/magazine/14FOB-onlanguage-t.html?_r=1. I like “cellar door” with Midwest American r’s, which sound soft and round to me.

    More than individual words, I’m intrigued by the euphony of sentences and paragraphs. Even in prose, putting words together is an art.

  577. BEAUTIFUL SOUNDING | BLOGCHI@mayopia.com -  November 30, 2010 - 7:21 am

    [...] we’re exposed to in our hip-hop linguistic race. — Specifically we’ve been given “CELLAR DOOR” as the most Euphonious Phrase in the English Language by the expert’s who take us downward [...]

  578. Vinay -  November 30, 2010 - 12:06 am


  579. Elaine jacobs -  November 29, 2010 - 9:03 pm

    So many lovely words!

    I cherish “CHERISH” for how it sounds and what it does.

  580. Katie -  November 29, 2010 - 5:40 pm

    I 100% agree with DoctorDoctor :) Liverpudlian is one of my favorite words for the meaning and sound. I also love that it applies to The Beatles, as DoctorDoctor mentioned, for I love The Beatles! :D

  581. Aubrey Drake Graham♥ -  November 29, 2010 - 5:12 pm

    iLike Eclectic

  582. Andrew Fallaize -  November 29, 2010 - 2:25 pm

    I always think that “atrocious” is a sweet sounding word, despite its negative meaning.

  583. make. -  November 29, 2010 - 2:25 pm

    sounds kinda stupid to me.

  584. hmm -  November 29, 2010 - 2:07 pm

    I really like the words Eureka and Viera, but they have to be pronounced in spanish to be very soothing.

  585. pankaj -  November 29, 2010 - 2:02 pm

    my fav is “altruism”

  586. beth -  November 29, 2010 - 1:23 pm

    Glottal stops always disgust me! Some hair-raising examples: Yogurt, Cottage, Goggles, Clinical

  587. Audrey -  November 29, 2010 - 1:08 pm

    Probably the best phrase to hear is “it’s free.”

    But I think the neatest word to say is “soliloquy.” The only problem is you can only say it when alone. :P

  588. Anon -  November 29, 2010 - 12:14 pm

    i love unctious, enough said :)

  589. FooGriffy -  November 29, 2010 - 12:08 pm

    Cappuccino. I has a wonderful sound, and I love coffee.

  590. Faith -  November 28, 2010 - 4:01 pm

    Dream, tropical

  591. Ann -  November 28, 2010 - 10:42 am

    Malodorous is a word I love to say. I go by “mouth feel,” or the way the pronunciation of a word physically affects my oral cavity and face/tongue/pharyngeal muscles. I also like to say lolly-pop and Elizabeth (especially when the z in Elizabeth sounds a little like an s).

    Dr. Seuss books often give me the same thrill when read aloud. Constantinople and Timbuktu!

  592. GEMS -  November 28, 2010 - 12:09 am

    Thank You to Russ:

    WOW….. SESQUIPEDALIAN. An extremely artful word. Can’t wait to use it. Oh, and I forgot DIAPHANOUS before. Also very sexy!

  593. GEMS -  November 27, 2010 - 11:36 pm

    haven’t been online in a while but hope it’s not too late to chime in, so here goes…

    although i’d never consider either word “phonaesthetic”, two of my simple favorites are AKIMBO and UNDULATE. while i didn’t expect to see either make the list, Theresa already had akimbo.

    other words (some mentioned, some not) i particularly enjoy saying or hearing:

    Trouser Socks

    words already listed that seriously crack me up:

    (am working on ways to sneak them in to conversations at future cocktail parties!!)

    to Dan the Man: at least we now know what ALGOLAGNIA means in those personal ads;

    to Another Random Texan: you’re absolutely correct. PNEUMONOULTRAMICROSCOPICSILICOVOLCANOCONIOSIS really DOES roll right off the tongue;

    to Dick P: like your word PHILATELIST, PUGILIST also sounds more mysterious than its meaning;

    to Mairead: you’re right. it really IS sad and disturbing that some people can not even spell their favorite wurd – sorry! couldn’t resist;

    N.B. i’ve always closed my letters to my little sister with ” I love you oodles and oodles of noodles and poodles.” i can’t help it but even now, after more than four decades, those words STILL make me smile!!!

  594. Russ -  November 27, 2010 - 11:12 am

    Ever since I’ve heard it the first time, I’ve loved it. The sound, and also the irony of the meaning:

    Sesquipedalian… I love it.

  595. #1 Skillet Fan -  November 27, 2010 - 8:58 am

    Good article. My favorites are probably
    Skillet (awesomest band ever)
    and others that I can’t remember
    Boba Fett trumps all!!!!

  596. MaryKaye -  November 26, 2010 - 10:49 pm

    @Mark: “How about French words that are now part of English? I love ennui, ingenue, cachet, and recherche. I also love garage and blaise and jejune. Also, less common Victorian words like (dis)approbation or odious or apothecary”

    Do I know you? I love Nick Cave.

  597. SHARON -  November 26, 2010 - 10:20 am


  598. Dave -  November 25, 2010 - 9:13 am

    My fave is Lebanon

  599. fe -  November 24, 2010 - 10:57 pm

    I think onomatopoeia is a nice word to say and hear

  600. the one -  November 24, 2010 - 8:35 pm

    Love your comments people! Thanks! I learned so many new words! :)

    My favourites are: honey, harmony, darling among many others.
    And of course I love my name: Ariadna (kudos Mommy!)
    …even though people often have a hard time pronouncing it! lol

    HaHa I love LOL

  601. Constance -  November 24, 2010 - 4:33 pm

    I think cellar door is a rather nice sounding word. I think it is my new favorite. I also like milieu, loquacious, sesquipedalianism is a fun word. But just after cellar door sojourn.

  602. abby -  November 24, 2010 - 9:42 am

    To me the most beautiful word is Nowches. ;p

  603. Michael M -  November 23, 2010 - 9:05 pm

    Resolution & Hullaballoo. Also, my favorite German word, Dudelsack (bagpipes).

  604. wordsmith -  November 23, 2010 - 10:03 am

    Superfluous, lackadaisical, flare (or flair), frigid, rosy, eclat, cerulean, coronation, scurvy, clueless, emancipation, higgledy-piggledy, ingenue, elegant, simply, paltry, melody, miscreant, naive, wretched, contemptible, eloquent, meadowlark, sibilant, portly, smack, deplorable, dismal, philosophy, piteous, meager, elocution trifling–not all fundamentally lovely, but indubitably appealing to the ear or the tongue. And this is a piddling, negligible fraction of the utterances I could select. =D
    Is there a word for someone who discerns the texture of words? or that might be too typical.

  605. Elizabeth -  November 23, 2010 - 9:11 am

    I like the word “ajar”

  606. mark v -  November 23, 2010 - 8:29 am

    “Bills Magic Pocket”

  607. Tas -  November 23, 2010 - 1:34 am

    I think some of the best sounding words to me are:


    In addition to Cellar Door of course.

    The Raven is my favourite poem. Thanks to the person who spoke about the Nevermore – Cellar Door connection!

  608. Jay -  November 22, 2010 - 1:29 pm

    I honestly like the words beryl, blunderbuss, azure, cerulean, scarlet, and adoration.

  609. Weatherwax -  November 22, 2010 - 10:08 am

    “Terpsichorean”, with the emphasis on the antipenultimate syllable, not the penultimate.

  610. Jasper -  November 22, 2010 - 2:31 am

    My favourite english word, without a doubt, is MURDER

  611. Rachel -  November 21, 2010 - 9:39 pm

    I think my favorite, best sounding English word is ethereal becasue it sounds so light and airy; there aren’t any harsh sounds in it, plus I love the meaning as well.

  612. J Dark -  November 21, 2010 - 5:35 pm

    “Rusty grate” isn’t bad either.

  613. J Dark -  November 21, 2010 - 5:32 pm

    I think my two favourites are “cemetery gates” and “rotisserie chicken”. The latter is a bit obscure, yes, but lovely to say. I’m sure the phonaestetic effect is more apparent when using a pair of words or a phrase rather than just a single word. Maybe there’s some kind of formula to it – the way the mouth moves perhaps? The combination of sibilance in the first word and a hard final syllable are common to both “cellar door” and “cemetery gates”. Of course, “rotisserie chicken” doesn’t quite fit to this pattern, but is comparable.

  614. Holly -  November 21, 2010 - 2:46 am

    My favourites are holly, marshmallow, cuddly, soft, cute, chocolate, romantic, love, boyfriend, date, husband, kiss, wedding, baby, blue, bubblegum, mint, chocolate chip, twilight, new moon, eclipse, breaking dawn, vampire, Edward, Bella, Jacob, hot, Stephanie Meyer :)

  615. Amber -  November 20, 2010 - 5:26 pm

    I enjoy “cinnamon” and “divinity”

  616. Amy -  November 20, 2010 - 10:46 am

    I don’t know why, but I’ve always liked the way “cusp” sounds.

  617. Ann -  November 20, 2010 - 10:34 am

    My 4 month old smiles every time I say “so serious” or “so silly” so the phrases must sound nice to him, since he has no clue what they mean.

  618. Reen -  November 20, 2010 - 10:02 am

    Cellar Door? Are you for real? It sounds and feels disgusting. Sir Lancelot…now say that out loud. Much better.

  619. Susie -  November 20, 2010 - 8:51 am


  620. Diana -  November 20, 2010 - 7:54 am

    Certainly, ‘cellar door’ is mellifluous and ‘mellifluous’ is a delicious-sounding word. Another good word that I like to day is, ‘lobster,’ saying every letter so that it involves the tongue rolling down behind the front teeth and upper and lower lips coming together…another word that I like to say is, ‘paper’ and, or, ‘crumpled paper.’

  621. Indranil Chakraborty -  November 20, 2010 - 4:54 am

    My Favorite Word is “MAGNANIMOUS”. I like it because it has the grandeur associated with it. It sounds wonderful

  622. katy -  November 20, 2010 - 4:32 am

    philosophical (the way jason mraz says it)

  623. Mel -  November 19, 2010 - 11:19 pm

    Funny because I’ve always found the name “Isildur” to be very beautiful sounding, and it sounds a bit like “cellar door”. Maybe Tolkien was onto something.

  624. arfy -  November 19, 2010 - 8:00 pm

    Cloaca. Especially given its meaning.

    I’m upset the article doesn’t mention to pronounce “cellar door” with a British accent, as those people arguing for the phrase’s elegance were in fact British.

    “Selador” was an example Tolkien gave as the name of a character he imagined; he created a story all about Selador based on the sound of “cellar door” …

    I am fairly sure I read this in an excerpt of his posthumously published notes.

  625. V.K.TANGRI -  November 19, 2010 - 7:58 pm

    I like the words “Matchless”, ubiquotous and so on.

  626. CC -  November 19, 2010 - 7:06 pm

    Soliloquy is my absolute favorite word. It means the act of talking while or as if alone (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/soliloquy). It just tastes good and I love the way it sounds.
    After soliloquy for me comes dilapidated, which I notice Moosh has already said!

  627. Nora -  November 19, 2010 - 6:12 pm

    Phosphorescense. It is so smooth. Imagine yourself mouthing it silently to your lover across a busy room. It is extremely sensual. Close your eyes and say it slowly.

  628. bix -  November 19, 2010 - 5:35 pm




  629. lizzy x -  November 19, 2010 - 5:16 pm

    oh.. i wrote that twice…. my bad

  630. lizzy x -  November 19, 2010 - 5:14 pm

    i think hello is the most beautiful word because it can start so many new things and leads to new oppertunities( i do not care if i spelled that wrong)that single word can leed you on to life. that one word can start anything. buisnes, school, friendship , love. it really is a beautiful word

  631. Staci -  November 19, 2010 - 4:03 pm


  632. kingofleonlover -  November 19, 2010 - 2:30 pm

    I LOVE supercalafragalisticespicaladocious! And of course whatamacallit, oh and boomerang

  633. yogurt -  November 19, 2010 - 2:26 pm

    mm i think “teeth” and “shower” sound nice…

  634. Andi -  November 19, 2010 - 1:49 pm

    I’ve heard some other expert claim “melody” as the most beautiful word in the English language, and it is a good word. It’s pleasing to the ear, the sound of it is reminiscent of the meaning, and it doesn’t have any creepy connotations.

    Nonetheless, I like the word combo from 30 Rock…. “rural juror”.

  635. Monica -  November 19, 2010 - 1:46 pm

    I like lucid too, but I like the company name Lucent even better.

  636. Monica -  November 19, 2010 - 1:41 pm

    Reminds me of the brand name Stella D’Oro.
    I like the sound of the word reciprocity.

  637. JJ -  November 19, 2010 - 1:29 pm

    Ugh, I’m not done yet!!! I just thought of quite a few more I love:
    Perpetual bliss
    Spic and Span
    Continuous Rhythms
    Let me know what you guys think!!!

  638. JJ -  November 19, 2010 - 1:19 pm

    I also just realized (in addition to my above comment) that “qualities” is quite the word to love. BTW: Do you know the longest word in the English language? I love to say it: pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconioses (NOO-muh-no-ul-tra-mic-ro-scop-ic-SI-luh-co-vol-cay-no-co-nee-OH-seez). It’s a disease caused by the inhilation of metallic or silica dusts. Can you imagine the doctor walking in and saying that you have that? No, I didn’t look it up and copy and paste in; I know it by heart. LOL.

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  640. Harrison -  November 19, 2010 - 1:14 pm

    I personally think the greatest word in the English language is Superfluous. I love that word.

  641. Katie -  November 19, 2010 - 1:06 pm

    Those ‘beautiful’ words by the experts sounds stupid. I think to each’s own. Doesn’t take an expert to know that!

  642. sophi -  November 19, 2010 - 12:58 pm

    my favorite word is murmurous. by the way, have you noticed that March, the month, and march, the way of walking, feel completely different even though they sound the same?

  643. Johanan Rakkav -  November 19, 2010 - 12:55 pm

    The most beautiful word in the English language? Why, “beautiful”. Really. That was the first thing that came to mind. Much nicer than “cellar door”.

    The most beautiful word in any language? I propose that it’s the one and only combination of semi-consonants and vowels that produces all the overtones of the harmonic series in “overtone chanting”, if I understand what Jill Purce (UK) has brought out in my presence: the proper pronunciation of the Hebrew Tetragrammaton, in the Pi’el stem, *Yehawweh* (in overtone chant, “i-a-o-u-eh-ee”, close enough).

  644. JJ -  November 19, 2010 - 12:51 pm

    Cellar door does sound somewhat… lovely… as I say it, but I also find pleasure in the word “lathe,” as in the wood-making tool. I honestly don’t believe there actually is a “most beautiful word;” nonetheless, “lathe” and also “bonzo” sound funny, but awesome, to me. Why these words? That reason, my friends, is currently unknown (try saying them — you’ll know what I mean).

  645. Matt Valentine -  November 19, 2010 - 12:47 pm

    Oh, and “epiphany”, “blaze”, “raven”, and “raconteur”.

  646. Theresa -  November 19, 2010 - 12:46 pm

    Akimbo……. I love the sound, and the meaning.

  647. Aysynn -  November 19, 2010 - 12:45 pm

    Anyone else grow up w/ Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie singing the “L” song? At one point Bert is singing about Lumps in his oatmeal, and Ernie’s like, “I was thinking about words that are more Lilting and Lovely.” And Bert comes out with, “La la la, LINOLEUM!”

    Celery root is beautiful. Mellifluous, cinnamon, thorough, vivid, woodthrush, windswept, fifty-three, linden, lemongrass. I like words where you have to slow down a split second to really enjoy the sounds on your tongue. Poem “We become new” by Marge Pearcy has some great combinations: “goes into the blood like garlic/… fragrant as thyme honey.”

    What about words that sound awful despite their meanings? I think “Pulchra uxor” is hideous, but it means “beautiful wife.” Try complimenting someone on their pulchritude; they won’t be flattered unless they know the Latin root, and even then…! And watch yourself in the mirror while saying “benignant.” “He gave a benignant smile.” It doesn’t look pretty.

  648. Matt Valentine -  November 19, 2010 - 12:44 pm

    “Euphony”, “onomatopoeia”, “rhapsodize”, “ennui”, “genesis”, “crimson”, “scarlet”, “exquisite”, “apocalypse”, “crestfallen”, “crystalline”, and “amorous” all come to mind as some of my favorite-sounding words.

  649. Katie Rae -  November 19, 2010 - 12:36 pm

    I’ve always liked, “salicylic”, but I know cellar door is very popular. “The Hobbit” is my favorite among the Lord of the Rings series.

  650. Sandy -  November 19, 2010 - 12:35 pm

    For me, “sacrifice” has lovely movement when I say it and is beautiful to hear.

  651. Janet -  November 19, 2010 - 12:35 pm

    Saying it makes me giggle!

  652. Person -  November 19, 2010 - 12:35 pm

    The word only sounds mildly beautiful, in my opinion. It just doesn’t really appeal to me, even when I don’t consider the definition/connotations.
    If I had to say what the most beautiful word in the English language is, I’d say “willow”, or at the very least I think that sounds much better than “cellar door”.

  653. Type -  November 19, 2010 - 12:31 pm

    Oh, and MALICIOUS, it just sounds incredibly

  654. Saf -  November 19, 2010 - 12:29 pm

    I’ve always loved malevolent. This will be a bit of a stretched reference for this forum, but if anyone is familiar with David Warner’s mesmerizing voice-acting for the character Jon Irenicus in the PC game Baldur’s Gate II, I don’t think the word has ever been personified more becomingly.

    Also at the top of my list are noctuary, noctivagant, and nycthemeron. I’m not sure why the darker themes are so appealing to me.

  655. Charlie -  November 19, 2010 - 12:20 pm

    I personally like the word “telephony”

  656. Type -  November 19, 2010 - 12:18 pm

    Cellar Door isn’t particularly pleasing to me

    I do like these phrases and words though

    Clarity Distraught
    Calligraphic Influenza
    Nine Saphires
    Lacking Rendezvous
    Ethereal Grotesque
    Reckless Abandon
    Staggered Abode
    Unhindered dreams

  657. Sue -  November 19, 2010 - 11:58 am

    chevrolet…kept thinking of that word while I read all the comments.

  658. Wrasfish -  November 19, 2010 - 11:54 am

    If you listen to the sound and ignore the meaning, then I vote for “vermin.”

  659. Lefty -  November 19, 2010 - 11:48 am

    For me this two words came to mind… calligraphy and hydrochlorothiazide

  660. WonderfulWords -  November 19, 2010 - 11:46 am

    I like the word candle. For some reason that has always been one of my favorites.

  661. Aleydis Sinclaire -  November 19, 2010 - 11:28 am

    Hmmm…Well, seems to me that whether a word is euphonious or not is a pretty subjective matter, as (I’m sure everyone knows) what is pleasant to one may not necessarily be pleasant to another…(you know, that whole thing about each person being different from everyone else…KIND OF like the fingerprint deal, where no two prints are the same…) While some of us may agree on the euphony of one word, I think it just all comes down to the preference of each person as a individual entity.

    Just for the kicks, though…I think “Gazelle” or words whose sound end with “-elle”, “-lor” “-era” are particularly euphonious. Also…the Spanish language in general is dulcet.

  662. Monica M. -  November 19, 2010 - 11:17 am

    I like lagoon.

  663. Stacey -  November 19, 2010 - 11:11 am

    Susurrus. It means a murmuring, whispering, or rustling sound, and it makes me think of wind sighing through reeds in a marsh.

  664. Kaysha -  November 19, 2010 - 11:08 am

    a word that is the best is Wonderland. Close your eyes and say it slowly and see what comes up. ^_^

  665. Kaysha -  November 19, 2010 - 11:07 am