H is a fascinating letter. It often enjoys being paired with letters like P or T to form new sounds, as in “phone” or “that.” When standing on its own, H can form a bevy of interesting nouns too.
Below, we’ve gathered 50 of the most common nouns that start with H. Read on to see how many you already know and how many you can add to your growing vocabulary.
Here’s a handful of nouns. Will they evoke happiness or horror? Well, here’s a hint. The more you read, the more your vocabulary will grow. As you read, scan word lists like this one to learn more and use unique words in all of your writing.
the natural environment of someone or something
abode, environment, locality
a fine, thread-like strand that grows on people and animals
fiber, mane, strand
a central room, public room, or passageway between rooms
entry, foyer, gallery
the part of the human body at the end of the arm
palm, fist, grip
a small quantity
scattering, some, sprinkling
the state of joy, peace, and tranquility
bliss, joy, serenity
the physical components of a computer, such as the machine and wiring
components, implements, fittings
injury, evil, abuse
an argument or fight
bother, commotion, dispute
a covering for the head
cap, headgear, headpiece
the part of the body that comes out of your neck
crown, skull, cranium
physical and mental wellness
wholeness, wellness, well-being
the prevention and treatment of diseases through medical professional services
insurance, prevention, wellness
the organ that controls the flow of blood in the body
ticker, clock, cardiac organ
a form of energy that causes a difference in temperature
warmth, fieriness, incandescence
the place where god lives; a wonderful feeling
Nirvana, paradise, utopia
the part of the foot on the opposite end of the toes, under the ankle
spur, hock, hind toe
the distance from the bottom to the top of something
altitude, elevation, loftiness
a place of great suffering where sinners go
underworld, inferno, Hades
the background from which one comes
legacy, patrimony, birthright
a person who has made noble and brave accomplishments
savior, conqueror, champion
a road freely open to the public
expressway, freeway, interstate
a small mound, pile, or rounded part of earth
mound, knoll, precipice
a suggestion or clue
allusion, inkling, implication
the part of the body from the waist to the top of the leg
haunch, side, pelvis
a story or tale of what has happened in the past
account, memoir, tale
an activity that you enjoy doing for fun
activity, interest, pastime
a team game played on ice
ice hockey, field hockey, shinny
an opening in solid object
abyss, cavern, chasm
celebration, festival, gala
a house or place where a person or family lives
abode, domicile, dwelling
the quality of being truthful
candor, decency, honor
the sweet, syrupy substance made by bees from flower nectar
nectar, syrup, molasses
high respect, great reputation, or high rank
chivalry, veneration, reverence
the front top of a car
auto top, bonnet
a bent piece of material used for hanging things
catch, clasp, latch
the feeling of being scared
abhorrence, aversion, repugnance
a creature with hooves that belongs to the equine family
steed, mount, pony
a tightfitting outer garment, covering the hips, legs, and feet
breeches, hosiery, stockings
a place to get medical attention
clinic, dispensary, sanitarium
a place that provides temporary sleeping accommodations to travelers
inn, motel, lodging
a building or shelter where people or animals live
abode, dwelling, residence
a family or social unit living together
family, home, household
shelter, buildings, or something that covers and protects
accommodations, dwelling, lodging
the center of something
center, core, focal point
the cardinal number above ninety-nine
centenary, centennial, century
the desire for something
appetite, desire, longing
the male partner in a marriage
spouse, mate, groom
intense promotion or advertising of a product
buildup, promotion, puffery
A noun is a person, place, thing, or idea. When we use nouns in our writing, we often need to place an article before them, such as “a,” “an,” or “the.” For example, “a hotel,” “an autobiography,” or “the honeybee.”
Typically, nouns act as the subject of the sentence. So, in the sentence, “The hook is red,” “hook” is a noun. Nouns also act as direct objects. In the sentence, “She reads history books,” “history books” is the direct object. It’s the object of the verb “reads.”
Given their prominence in our writing, there are several different categories of nouns. Here are five main types:
- Proper nouns name specific things, like people, cities, states, countries, buildings, and books. As proper nouns, they are capitalized. So, “Haiti” is a proper noun, but “country” is a common noun.
- Common nouns refer to general items, such as “hill,” instead of “Signal Hill” in Cape Town, South Africa.
- Abstract nouns are used when you can’t touch the noun. These nouns are theoretical, such as “happiness” or “hope.”
- Collective nouns refer to large groups, such as a “herd” of hippos or a “horde” of orcs.
- Possessive nouns demonstrate ownership over something else. For example, with “Helen’s handbag,” “Helen’s” becomes a possessive noun, indicating that she owns the handbag.
To continue to explore these categories, check out Types of Nouns.
Ready to see what all the hype is about? Here are 10 sentences containing H-nouns:
- These pandas live in their natural habitat.
- Hot tea brings happiness.
- Is that a new hat?
- Her learning has reached a new height.
- This ukulele is a piece of his heritage.
- Journaling is her primary hobby.
- Nothing matters more than honesty.
- The front door on their house is robin’s egg blue.
- This is the central hub in Texas.
- He has a tremendous hunger for learning.
Not every word that begins with H is a noun. If you’re hungry for more, you’ll be glad to learn that it’s easy to find even more words that start with the letter H using the WordFinder by YourDictionary word list tool. This helpful resource provides a huge list of terms, in order by word length. Hone in on certain criteria, such as the number of letters or the presence of certain letters in addition to H to create a customized list. You can even find words that begin or end with certain letter combinations. Enjoy building your H-word vocabulary, then expand your horizons to words that begin with other letters.
Is there anything better than a new book? Maybe a book that you wrote. With a strong vocabulary, filled with unique nouns and verbs, you can pull all your thoughts together into a wonderful tale of heroism and hope. See what jumps out at you in any of our other word lists. Jot down your favorite Nouns That Start With A and then journey through the rest of the alphabet together with us!