The letter A takes first place. It's the first letter of the alphabet and often the first in a list of vowels: A, E, I, O, U, and sometimes Y. It's also one of the most commonly used letters in the English language, with E being the most common. Nouns that start with A are varied and seemingly endless. Below, you'll enjoy some of popular ones that just might boost your vocabulary.
A noun is commonly defined as a person, place, thing, or idea. They're often accompanied by articles: "a," "an," and "the." One of the primary functions of a noun is to act as the subject of a sentence. For example, "The rose smells pretty."
Nouns can also work as the object of a sentence. In this capacity, they'll typically come after the verb in the sentence. For example, "He tossed the ball." Nouns are also names, including people, cities, states, countries, buildings, books, and more.
With a few of these nouns in your back pocket, you can also step up your alliteration game. Maybe your next short story will include an ambitious aardvark named Andy. Or, you can get creative with a little assonance, or the repetition of vowel sounds. For example, "Art is ancient and dates far back in time."
Without further ado, here are 50 nouns that start with A:
Aardvark - a large, burrowing, nocturnal South African mammal that feeds on ants and termites
Ability - a special talent or skill
Absence - a lack of something, or a situation where something or someone isn't present
Abyss - a deep or bottomless hole, either literal or figurative
Acceptance - agreeing to receive something
Accommodation - something that fulfills a particular need, like a hotel room for a traveler
Acquaintance - someone you know casually but not as well as a friend
Address - the physical location of something
Admirer - someone who regards someone or something with amazement
Adolescence - the period of time between puberty and adulthood
Adventure - an exciting experience that usually involves risks
Aerial - a radio antenna, especially one suspended in the air
Affect - a feeling or emotion, especially when manifested through body language
Aftermath - the consequence of a situation, often one that's destructive
Agility - mental or physical quickness and sharpness
Agreement - coming to a mutual decision or arrangement
Ailment - a bodily or mental disorder or illness
Aisle - a passageway between different sections
Alaskan - a person born or living in Alaska
Allure - the power to attract or entice
Alpaca - a South American animal related to the llama with long, silky wool
Altitude - the height above the Earth's surface or sea level
Amateur - someone who is new to a particular skill or sport
Ambiance - the atmosphere or feeling of a place
Ambition - a strong urge to achieve something
Anchor - a weight dropped into water to stop the movement of a boat
Ancient - a very old person or someone who lived in times long past
Anecdote - a short, entertaining story
Anger - a strong feeling of displeasure
Antidote - something that works against an unwanted situation to make it better
Apathy - a lack of emotion or interest
Apricot - a small yellowish-orange fruit closely related to the peach
Aquarium - a container that holds marine plants and animals
Aqueduct - a channel that transports water across long distances
Argentina - a country in South America
Argument - a verbal exchange between people with opposing viewpoints
Assault - an act that causes verbal or physical injury
Athlete - a person either trained or with a natural ability to play sports
Attraction - the act of enticing someone or something
Audio - anything that relates to sound, in terms of transmitting or receiving
Authority - a person who's an expert in his field
Automatic - something that moves or operates without conscious thought or control
Avalanche - a large quantity of something that comes suddenly, like snow or rocks
Average - typical or common
Award - something you receive for doing well
Awkwardness - the quality of being clumsy
Ax - a tool with a blade on the handle, used for cutting
Axis - a real or imaginary line on which something rotates
Aztec - a member of an Amerindian people of what is now Mexico
Azure - a light, purplish blue color
Given their varied and important roles, there are over 10 different types of nouns. Nouns that are names are often proper nouns (e.g. James, Cleveland, Oklahoma, America, and the Pentagon). So, you might read a sentence like this: James moved to the city of Cleveland with his wife two years ago.
The opposite of a proper noun is a common noun. These refer to general, unspecified entities. In the sentence about James above, the words "city" and "wife" are common nouns. They're neither capitalized nor specific, unlike the proper nouns "Cleveland" and "Amy."
You've also got compound nouns (e.g., softball and toothpaste), collective nouns, possessive nouns, and pronouns (e.g., I, me, mine, she, her, he, him, our, and us). It's common to see both nouns and pronouns in a single sentence: "Joe gave the book to her."
Do you have any favorite nouns that start with A? Or, were you confusing the meaning of one of the 50 words above? We're all guilty of that from time to time.
Let's pluck a few of these A-list nouns and see what they look like in action. Click on the link in each sentence to see more example sentences containing that A-noun:
1. Her ability to make others feel special was astounding.
2. The beds in our new accommodations are cloud-soft.
3. Let's go off on another adventure!
4. Perhaps we'll befriend an Alaskan.
5. The ambiance in this coffee shop is so relaxing.
6. The antidote to loneliness is travel.
7. Would you like to go to Argentina with me?
8. Jack's attraction to Kate was palpable.
9. His new car is an automatic.
10. The Grecian skies were a brilliant azure yesterday.
The more we read, the more we naturally pick up new vocabulary words. And, if you enjoy acting as the author instead of the reader, an extensive vocabulary list will help you craft catchy sentences.
Let's keep things moving. Since E is the most common letter in the alphabet, it'll be helpful to have a nice, long list of Nouns That Start with E.