101 cool, unique & beautiful Spanish words to brighten your day

Elinor Zucchet

As a Romance language, Spanish has a lot of charm. Some words are so beautiful they seem taken out of a fairytale. And some are just irresistibly cute.

Would you like to learn some beautiful Spanish words and beautiful Spanish sayings to impress your Spanish speaking friends… or maybe show off during your next Spanish lesson?

Here is a curated selection of the most beautiful Spanish words and meanings. Whether you’re already enamorado(a) del castellano or not — yet —, you’ll see it’s an idioma maravilloso.

Beautiful Spanish vocab

Let’s begin with some of the most beloved Spanish words. Cute, dramatic or poetic, I’m sure you’ll love them. And if you’re looking for beautiful Spanish words and terms of endearment to compliment your Spanish love interest, échale un vistazo (take a look) at this article!

Beautiful Spanish words

My favorite Spanish word is without a doubt “palomitas”, which literally means “small doves” and is used for popcorn. What’s yours?

Old book full of beautiful Spanish words.

Spanish Feminine / masculineIPAMeaning
AdiósMasculineaðjˈosGoodbye
AdorableˌaðoɾˈaβleAdorable
AlumbraciónFeminineˌalumbɾaθjˈonEnlightenment
AmistadFeminineˌamistˈadFriendship
AmorMasculineamˈoɾLove
BondadFemininebondˈadKindness
BellezaFemininebeʎˈeθaBeauty
CaleidoscopioMasculinekˌale͡ɪðoskˈopjoKaleidoscope
CaminoMasculinekamˈinoPath
CompasiónFemininekˌompasjˈonCompassion
CorajeMasculinekoɾˈaxeCourage or anger
CuidarkwiðˈaɾCaring
ComplicidadFemininekˌompliθiðˈadComplicity
DesenlaceMasculinedˌesenlˈaθeOutcome
EfímeroefˈimeɾoEphemeral
EquilibrioMasculineˌekilˈiβɾioBalance
EncantoMasculineenkˈantoCharm
EnternecerˌenteɾneθˈeɾSoften
EpifaníaFeminineˌepifanˈiaEpiphany
EsperanzaFeminineˌespeɾˈanθaHope
EtéreoetˈeɾeoEthereal
FelicidadFemininefˌeliθiðˈadHappiness
GentilezaFemininexˌentilˈeθaGentleness
HonestidadFeminineˌonestiðˈadHonesty
HonorMasculineonˈoɾHonor
ImprescindibleˌimpɾesθindˈiβleIndispensable
InexorableˌineksoɾˈaβleInexorable
InfinitoMasculineˌimfinˈitoInfinite
LibertadFemininelˌiβeɾtˈadFreedom
MadreFemininemˈaðɾeMother
MelancoliaFemininemˌelankˈoljaMelancholy
MemoriaFemininememˈoɾjaMemory
MetáforaFemininemetˈafoɾaMetaphor
NaciónFemininenaθjˈonNation
NacimientoMasculinenˌaθimjˈɛntoBirth
PalabraFemininepalˈaβɾaWord
PalomitasFemininepˌalomˈitasPopcorn
PadreMasculinepˈaðɾeFather
PazFemininepˈaθPeace
PerfectamentepeɾfˈektamˈentePerfectly
ReciprocidadFeminineɾɾˌeθipɾˌoθiðˈadReciprocity
ReanudarɾɾˌeanuðˈaɾResume
RenacerɾɾˌenaθˈeɾReborn
ResilienciaFeminineɾɾˌesiljˈɛnθjaResilience
RespetoɾɾespˈetoRespect
RisasFeminineɾɾˈisasLaughter
Sentir
sentˈiɾFeeling
SilencioMasculinesilˈɛnθjoSilence
SingularidadesFemininesˌiŋɡulˌaɾiðˈaðesSingularities
SoledadFemininesˌoleðˈadSolitude
Sublime
suβlˈimeSublime
TernuraFeminineteɾnˈuɾaTenderness
TertuliaFeminineteɾtˈuljaTalking-shop
VidaFemininebˈiðaLife

Beautiful Spanish quotes, phrases, sayings

Spanish is a language of “dichos”. Keep reading to learn fun and beautiful Spanish sayings. If you want more, check out this amusing video!

Friends having a laugh using cool and beautiful Spanish Words.

Spanish IPALiteral meaningActual meaning
El mundo es un pañueloˈel mˈundo ˈes ˈun paɲwˈeloThe world is a handkerchiefIt’s a small world
Llegar y besar el santoʎeɣˈaɾ ˈi besˈaɾ ˈel sˈantoTo arrive and kiss the saintWhen you accomplish something at the first attempt
En boca cerrada no entran moscasˈen bˈoka θeɾɾˈaða nˈo ˈɛntɾan mˈoskasFlies don’t enter a closed mouthYou won’t make a mistake if you don’t talk
A beber y a tragar, que el mundo se va acabarˈa beβˈeɾ ˈi ˈa tɾaɣˈaɾ, kˈe ˈel mˈundo sˈe bˈa ˌakaβˈaɾLet’s drink and swallow, for the world is going to endEat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die
No hay que ahogarse en un vaso de aguanˈo ˈa͡ɪ kˈe ˌaoɣˈaɾse ˈen ˈun bˈaso dˈe ˈaɣwaNo need to drown oneself in a glass of waterDon’t make a mountain out of a molehill
La cabra siempre tira al montelˈa kˈaβɾa sjˈempɾe tˈiɾa ˈal mˈonteThe goat always heads to the mountainYou can’t teach an old dog new tricks
El amor todo lo puedeˈel amˈoɾ tˈoðo lˈo pwˈeðeLove can do it allLove always finds a way
De músico, poeta y loco, todos tenemos un pocodˈe mˈusiko, poˈeta ˈi lˈoko, tˈoðos tenˈemos ˈun pˈokoWe all have a bit of musician, poet and crazy in usWe’re all a bit crazy
Camarón que se duerme se lo lleva la corrientekˌamaɾˈon kˈe sˈe dwˈeɾme sˈe lˈo ʎˈeβa lˈa kˌoɾɾiˈɛnteThe shrimps that falls asleep is carried away by the currentBe proactive, don’t let the world pass you by
A lo hecho, pechoˈa lˈo ˈet͡ʃo, pˈet͡ʃoTo what is done, the chestWhat is done is done
Que me quiten lo bailadokˈe mˈe kˈiten lˈo ba͡ɪlˈaðoThey can take away the dancedNobody can take away the good times I had
Desgracia compartida, menos sentidadesɣɾˈaθja kˌompaɾtˈiða, mˈenos sentˈiðaShared misfortune, less difficultMisery loves company
Qué bonito es ver la lluvia y no mojarsekˈe bonˈito ˈes bˈeɾ lˈa ʎˈuβja ˈi nˈo moxˈaɾseHow nice it is to see the rain and not get wetDon’t criticize other people for the way they do something unless you’ve done it yourself
Obras son amores y no buenas razonesˈoβɾas sˈon amˈoɾes ˈi nˈo bwˈenas ɾɾaθˈonesActs are love, good reasons aren’tActions speak louder than words

Cool Spanish words related to nature

From Dalí’s paintings to Gaudí’s incredible architecture, without forgetting Federico Garcia Lorca’s poems, the most talented hispanophones have always been inspired by nature.

Fortunately, there are words to describe Mother Earth’s masterpieces. Nature lovers will also appreciate our article on animals in Spanish and birds in Spanish.

A beautiful reindeer in the snow.

Spanish Feminine / masculineIPAMeaning
PrimaveraFemininepɾˌimaβˈeɾaSpring
SolMasculinesˈolSun
MarBoth (usually masculine)mˈaɾSea
MariposaFemininemˌaɾipˈosaButterfly
PalomaFemininepalˈomaDove
PájaroMasculinepˈaxaɾoBird
SelvaFemininesˈelβaJungle
AuroraFemininea͡ʊɾˈoɾaAurora
NieblaFemininenjˈeβlaMist
NubeFemininenˈuβeCloud
ArenaFeminineaɾˈenaSand
NieveFemininenjˈeβeSnow
CieloMasculineθjˈeloSky
ArrebolMasculineˌaɾɾeβˈolAfterglow
LluviaFeminineʎˈuβjaRain
EstrellaFeminineestɾˈeʎaStar
Caballito de marMasculinekˌaβaʎˈito dˈe mˈaɾSeahorse
GaviotaFeminineɡaβjˈotaSeagull
GavilánMasculineɡˌaβilˈanSparrowhawk
FlorFeminineflˈoɾFlower
OlaFeminineˈolaWave
PalmeraFemininepalmˈeɾaPalmtree
MargaritaFemininemˌaɾɣaɾˈitaDaisy
MareasFemininemaɾˈeasTides
PerezosoMasculinepˌeɾeθˈosoSloth

Untranslatable, unique Spanish words

Every language has some words that simply don’t translate. The examples below don’t have an exact translation in English. Can you think of more?

Spanish IPAActual meaning
AnteayerˌanteajjˈeɾBefore yesterday
DesvelarsedˌesβelˈaɾseNot being able to sleep, waking up and not going back to sleep
DuendedwˈɛndeA type of goblin, elf
EstrenarˌestɾenˈaɾTo use or wear something for the first time
FriolerofɾiolˈeɾoSomebody who gets cold all the time
MerendarmˌeɾendˈaɾHave an afternoon snack or small meal
SobremesasˌoβɾemˈesaThe end of a meal, when there is no food left but everybody is still talking around the table
TuertotwˈeɾtoSomebody with just one eye

Spanish is a unique language

  • The letter “ñ” only exists in the Spanish alphabet.
  • Spanish is the only language with inverted interrogation and exclamation marks at the beginning of the sentence. It might seem weird, but it’s actually very helpful for intonation when you’re reading a text out loud.
  • If you work on your listening skills, Spanish writing is very easy. Basically, you write what you hear. ¿Genial, no?

If you were patient enough to read the entire article — muchísimas gracias — we hope that you’ve enriched your vocab with some adorable, cool, unique and beautiful Spanish words. And if you need una ayudita, you can continue learning Spanish online or read more free vocabulary articles via our Spanish blog. With a bit of practice, speaking Spanish ¡será pan comido!

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