Can you name a person right now? A place? How about a thing? Nouns dominate the English language because they function in so many different capacities. They sit in various sections of nearly every sentence. Given their abundance, sometimes it’s nice to get acquainted with them, letter by letter.
We’ve already explored A and B nouns. Now, let’s progress into a sea of C nouns.
The cardinal rule when studying English grammar is to keep an open mind. Many words are shapeshifters and can function as different parts of speech. Let’s put on our noun hats and explore 50 words functioning in their noun capacities.
a disease with growths that damage the body
carcinoma, tumor, growth
wealth used to create more wealth
assets, resources, principal
an automobile that carries people or goods
automobile, coach, vehicle
a flat, stiff, thick piece of paper used to express a greeting or play a game
placard, ticket, sheet
a red songbird with a noticeable crest and stout bill
close attention or concern for another
concern, empathy, interest
what you do for a living
occupation, vocation, work
currency and coins
capital, clink, money
a small area in a prison where criminals are kept behind bars
cage, compartment, vault
the point equally distant from all sides
middle, heart, hub
an act of rebellion against someone or something
dispute, objection, protest
happening by unexplainable reasons, luck, a risk, or the likelihood of something happening
fate, gamble, risk
a trait, quality, or high moral code
integrity, reputation, personality
a very young person
kid, adolescent, juvenile
the act of making a selection
judgment, option, decision
a holiday celebrated as a religious tradition commemorating the birth of Jesus
christmastide, holiday, yule
a record of things that have happened in the order which they happened
account, archives, record
the building where religious worship takes place
chapel, sanctuary, synagogue
a town of significant size
metropolis, town, municipality
\a group of students taught together
group, section, grade
a customer or person who uses a service
buyer, consumer, customer
a group of people who come together for a common interest
association, consortium, fraternity
disarray, a disorganized mess
jumble, chaos, hodgepodge
a set of rules
canon, instructions, law
a drink made from ground and roasted beans
java, joe, espresso
a group of things or people gathered together
accumulation, gathering, assortment
a place of higher learning after high school
institute, university, conservatory
a component of light which is separated when it is reflected off an object
hue, chroma, iridescence
the people living in an area
neighborhood, district, locale
a guest or a group of people associated with each other
assembly, association, troupe
an electronic device used for processing information
PC, workstation, machine
a victory in love or war
mastery, triumph, conquering
permission given for something
acquiescence, concession, assent
a feeling of scorn toward another person
disdain, hatred, malice
what is inside or included in something
filling, load, measure
power to direct
command, authority direction
the inside of something
base, center, hub
the amount paid for something
payment, charge, value
something that functions as someone or something else
copy, duplicate, equal
realm, land, sovereign state
an administrative division of a state or country
borough, district, division
two items of a similar kind
duo, twosome, pair
the bravery and/or strength to do something that could be dangerous
bravery, valor, boldness
a class you take in school to study a particular subject
lecture, class, seminar
a building or room where legal cases are heard and decided by a judge
tribunal, judiciary, chancery
the quality of being credible or trustworthy
credence, reliance, confidence
unkind or mean acts
brutality, inhumanity, barbarity
a critical moment when time or resources are running out
crisis, difficulty, emergency
the act of nurturing and causing growth
tilling, plowing, growing
a buyer of goods, services
client, patron, buyer
We see, touch, and think about nouns all day long. A noun is a person, place, thing, or idea. How many times today have you thought about a cup of coffee or the cell phone sitting on your desk? When we use nouns in our writing, we often place articles before them, such as “a,” “an,” or “the.”
One of the most important roles nouns have is to act as the subject of the sentence. So, in the sentence, “The church is magnificent,” “church” is a noun. Nouns are also frequently direct objects. In the sentence, “Francis fed the cat,” “cat” (with the addition of the article “the”) is the direct object, or the object of the verb “fed.”
There are several types of nouns. Here are a few of the most common:
- Proper nouns name specific people, cities, states, countries, buildings, books, and more. Proper nouns must be capitalized. So, “Cleveland” is a proper noun, but “city” is a common noun.
- Common nouns refer to general things, such as “cola,” instead of “Coca-Cola.”
- Abstract nouns refer to things we can’t taste, touch, or see. They’re theoretical, such as “comfort” or “capitalism.”
- Collective nouns refer to large groups, such as a “class” of students or a “company” of soldiers.
- Possessive nouns illustrate ownership over something else. For example, with “Carrie’s dominoes,” “Carrie’s” is a possessive noun, indicating the dominoes belong to her.
To continue to explore these categories, check out Types of Nouns.
You may have recognized some of the above words as verbs, or other parts of speech. But, let’s take a look at them acting specifically as nouns:
- He invested a lot of capital in her new company.
- We watched the red cardinal fly.
- She forced him into a dangerous challenge.
- Her short story was a detailed chronicle of Sir Arthur’s life.
- Shakira is her newest client.
- There’s no better way to start each day than with a cup of coffee.
- Nothing in the world is worse than clutter.
- His mother gave him consent to take the class.
- We moved into a new community of wonderful people.
- Gardening takes a lot of tender cultivation.
Not only are there many different types of nouns, but they also encompass nearly every letter of the alphabet. With these cases of nouns in your back pocket, make sure you’re walking with us through the entire alphabet. Let’s start back at Nouns That Start With A. There are quite a few nouns that begin with C, but words that start with this letter aren’t all nouns.
Discover many additional nouns using the word list tool on WordFinder by YourDictionary. Just go to words that start with the letter C for a long list of words from a variety of different parts of speech. Then, create your own custom word list via the on-screen filter. It’ll let you pull up words that include, start or conclude with certain letters or combinations of letters or limit word length. What a great way to curate your own collection of c-words to consider!