From igloos to imagination, nouns that start with the letter "I" provide a certain level of fancy to our writing. They can be iconic or likened to an imbecile. It doesn't matter the direction. These nouns are an important bunch. Let's do a quick review of nouns themselves and then explore the world of I-nouns.
A noun is a person, place, thing, or idea. You'll often see them come after an article, like "a," "an," and "the." They also like to stand as the subject of a sentence. For example, "The igloo was a hotel!"
Nouns can also be the object of a sentence. That means they'll come after the verb. For example, "You need to adjust your ideology on that matter." Names, including people, cities, and more are also considered nouns.
This is an interesting bunch. You may even pick up a new word or two from the list below. Maybe your next short story will feature an ibis named Ingrid. Here are 50 nouns that feature the letter I.
Ibex - an old world goat where the male has large, backward-curved horns
Ibis - a large wading bird with long legs and a long, slender, curved bill
Iceberg - a great mass of ice broken off from a glacier and floating in the sea
Icecap - an extensive cover of ice and snow over a large area
Icicle - a tapering, pointed, hanging piece of ice
Icon - a person or thing that is symbolic
Idea - a thought, belief, opinion, or plan
Idealist - a person guided by principles or hopes rather than practicality
Identification - the document with your picture and personal information
Ideology - the set of beliefs that are important to a person, group, or culture
Idiocy - extreme foolishness
Idiom - the language or expression used by a specific group of people
Idleness - the state of doing nothing
Idol - an object that is adored or worshipped
Idyll - a short story or poem about simple or rural life
Igloo - an Eskimo house or hut, built of blocks of packed snow
Ignition - a system or device that sets something on fire
Ignorance - being unaware, uneducated, or unknowledgeable
Iguana - a herbivorous lizard found chiefly in tropical America
Illegal - a person who isn't legally authorized to live and work in a country
Illiteracy - the inability to read and write
Illness - a sickness or disease
Illusion - an idea or something you can see that isn't real
Illustration - a picture or a drawing
Imagination - the ability to come up new and creative ideas
Imagineer - a Disney employee responsible for creative planning and engineering
Imbalance - a lack of equality
Imbecile - someone who is foolish
Imitator - one who copies another
Immaturity - the condition of not being fully grown
Immersion - submerging in something
Immigrant - someone who moves to a new country
Immorality - a bad character or behavior
Immortality - the ability to live forever
Immunity - being able to resist a disease or medical condition
Impact - the force transmitted by a collision
Impasse - Something from which there is no escape or solution
Importance - the significance of a person, thing, or idea
Impossibility - the condition or quality of being impossible
Impulse - a strong urge
Inclusion - being made a part of something
Index - a guide, list, or sign
Indifference - a lack of care, concern, or interest
Individual - a single person or thing
Information - news or knowledge received or given
Intelligence - the ability to retain knowledge or use reasoning to solve problems
Irish - the people of Ireland
Irregular - someone or something that doesn't conform to normal standards
Isolation - the state of being alone or away from others
Itinerary - a travel plan
Nouns function in many capacities. In fact, there are over 10 different types of nouns. Proper and common nouns are a popular bunch. If a noun is referring to a person or place, it's likely acting as a proper noun (e.g. Margaret, Baltimore, Montana, Iceland, and the Capitol). An example of that would be, "Isabelle has gorgeous red hair."
Common nouns, on the other hand, refer to general, unspecified things. In the example above, Isabelle is a proper noun. But, if that line simply read, "That individual has gorgeous red hair," you'd know the subject was a common noun. Unless they come at the start of a sentence, common nouns aren't capitalized or specific.
That brings us to pronouns. It's not uncommon to see both nouns and pronouns in a single sentence. For example, "Isaac handed the glass to her." Along with these types of nouns, you've also got compound nouns (e.g., icebreaker and inkblot), countable nouns, possessive nouns, and more.
Now that we've covered all our I-bases, how about a little I-practice? Enjoy the 10 example sentences below and see if they spark any new ideas for your journal or new short story. Click on the link in each sentence to see more example sentences containing that I-noun:
It's best to clear those dangerous icicles from the gutters.
Is there anything wrong with being an idealist?
Be careful not to take an idiom too literally.
Would you like to stay a night in an igloo?
Skilled reading teachers can help students struggling with illiteracy.
We should eat fruits and vegetables to prevent an imbalance in our bodies.
The evil goddess cursed the man with immortality.
If no one can agree, it looks like we're at an impasse.
All students should practice inclusion when they're at school.
Now that she has her passport, she is Irish.
The more we read, the more we advance our literacy. What do say we ice out illiteracy and embrace a love of novels, poetry, short stories, and more? You can even author your own future with these tips on writing poems.