Where would we be without nouns? We’d be lost in a land without people, places, things, or complete sentences. These parts of speech are, perhaps, the most important elements of the English language. Let’s take a look at a whole range of nouns that start with L.
Ready to laze across a landscape filled with lovely L-nouns? Below, you’ll find 50 of the most common words that start with the letter L, along with each word’s definition and a sampling of synonyms.
something used to describe a person or thing
brand, characterization, tag
physical or mental work
work, task, effort
a deficiency or shortage
absence, emptiness, inadequacy
dame, demoiselle, woman
a natural or manmade body of water surrounded by land
pond, creek, lagoon
ground, soil, dirt
the features of a given area of land
countryside, panorama, vista
speech or other forms of communication
articulation, colloquialism, dialect
a tool that creates a strong light beam
beam, glow, ray
the official rules, particularly of a state or country
statute, ordinance, regulation
a single thickness or coat
stratum, bed, band
a guider or one who directs a group
conductor, pilot, manager
the ability to guide a group
authority, command, direction
a union of individuals, nations, or groups
alliance, association, coalition
a legal document setting out the terms for a person to use someone else’s property for a time
charter, contract, rent
a material made from animal skins that have been tanned
hide, skin, tan
a part of the body used to stand and walk
limb, appendage, gam
a story handed down through generations that’s believed to be true
fable, tale, myth
a small, egg-shaped citrus fruit
how long something is
measure, extent, range
a piece of glass that helps to form an image
bifocal, glasses, spectacles
something that is to be learned
assignment, lecture, study
a symbol of an alphabet
character, consonant, vowel
a specific height or distance
phase, rank, position
the state of being responsible for something
accountability, amenability, obligation
freedom from captivity or control
autonomy, emancipation, independence
a room or building where books are stored
archive, atheneum, reading room
permission to do something
authority, charter, permit
the quality of plants and animals that makes them different from dead organisms
being, entity, vitality
the way you live, including your style, attitude, and possessions
behavior, conduct, habits
the period of time in which someone is alive
age, existence, lifespan
radiation that makes sight possible
beam, flash, ray
a flash of light caused by electricity in the atmosphere
flash, streak, bolt
a mark connecting two points
outline, tracing, mark
a component, connection
ring, loop, coupling
a series of items written or printed
record, catalog, inventory
books and other written works
books, essays, fiction
a burden or pressure
encumbrance, hindrance, weight
the agreement of lending money with interest and a plan to repay it
advance, credit, borrowing
the place where something is
area, locality, situation
a daily record of events or travel
account, diary, journal
the science of reasoning
analytics, reason, inference
a sign or symbol that identifies a company or brand
a circle or spiral
ring, circle, curve
someone with a lot of power
majesty, ruler, master
mishap, catastrophe, misadventure
a portion or share
allotment, allowance, share
a great deal, very much
loads, many, oodles
favor, miracle, serendipity
a meal eaten at midday
luncheon, meal, snack
One of the primary functions of nouns is to act as the subject of the sentence. In the sentence, “The lake is languid,” “lake” is a noun. Nouns are often direct objects, too. In the sentence, “Ryan threw the ball,” "ball" is the direct object. It’s the object of the verb “threw.”
Knowing that nouns like to flit across sentences, it won’t come as a surprise to hear that there are many different types of nouns. Here are five of the most common:
- Proper nouns name specific things, like the names of people, cities, states, countries, buildings, and books. As proper nouns, they are capitalized. So, “Latvia” is a proper noun, but “country” is a common noun.
- Common nouns refer to general items, such as “city,” instead of “Luxembourg.”
- Abstract nouns are used when you can’t touch or perceive the noun through the five senses. These nouns are theoretical, such as “laziness” or “love.”
- Collective nouns refer to large groups, such as a “litter” of puppies or a “litany” of complaints.
- Possessive nouns demonstrate ownership over other things. For example, with “Larry’s ring,” “Larry’s” is a possessive noun, indicating that he owns the ring.
To continue to explore these categories, check out Types of Nouns.
Wasn’t it interesting to read through that list of L-nouns? Some of them can function as either nouns and verbs, as well as other parts of speech. Let’s take a look at ten of our top picks when used as nouns in sentences:
- What does the label say?
- We love swimming in the lake.
- Isn’t this the most stunning landscape you’ve ever seen?
- He makes an excellent leader.
- You’ll see The Headless Horseman at midnight, according to legend.
- Squeeze some lemon in the fruit punch.
- I loved her lesson on short fiction.
- He has a license to heal.
- What type of literature do you like to read?
- He suffered a terrible loss when the stock market crashed.
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When learning a new language or attempting to build your vocabulary, the best way to go about it is to read as much as you can. But, it can also be helpful to scan word lists for new additions. Perhaps your next short story or poem needs a little alliteration. As such, a list of words, organized by letter, might be just the ticket. While we’re on the letter L, check out these adjectives that start with L, too.