Nouns That Start With L

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.

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50 Nouns Starting 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.

Noun

Definition

Synonym

label

something used to describe a person or thing

brand, characterization, tag

labor

physical or mental work

work, task, effort

lack

a deficiency or shortage

absence, emptiness, inadequacy

lady

a woman

dame, demoiselle, woman

lake

a natural or manmade body of water surrounded by land

pond, creek, lagoon

land

the earth

ground, soil, dirt

landscape

the features of a given area of land

countryside, panorama, vista

language

speech or other forms of communication

articulation, colloquialism, dialect

laser

a tool that creates a strong light beam

beam, glow, ray

law

the official rules, particularly of a state or country

statute, ordinance, regulation

layer

a single thickness or coat

stratum, bed, band

leader

a guider or one who directs a group

conductor, pilot, manager

leadership

the ability to guide a group

authority, command, direction

league

a union of individuals, nations, or groups

alliance, association, coalition

lease

a legal document setting out the terms for a person to use someone else’s property for a time

charter, contract, rent

leather

a material made from animal skins that have been tanned

hide, skin, tan

leg

a part of the body used to stand and walk

limb, appendage, gam

legend

a story handed down through generations that’s believed to be true

fable, tale, myth

lemon

a small, egg-shaped citrus fruit

citron, fruit

length

how long something is

measure, extent, range

lens

a piece of glass that helps to form an image

bifocal, glasses, spectacles

lesson

something that is to be learned

assignment, lecture, study

letter

a symbol of an alphabet

character, consonant, vowel

level

a specific height or distance

phase, rank, position

liability

the state of being responsible for something

accountability, amenability, obligation

liberty

freedom from captivity or control

autonomy, emancipation, independence

library

a room or building where books are stored

archive, atheneum, reading room

license

permission to do something

authority, charter, permit

life

the quality of plants and animals that makes them different from dead organisms

being, entity, vitality

lifestyle

the way you live, including your style, attitude, and possessions

behavior, conduct, habits

lifetime

the period of time in which someone is alive

age, existence, lifespan

light

radiation that makes sight possible

beam, flash, ray

lighting

a flash of light caused by electricity in the atmosphere

flash, streak, bolt

line

a mark connecting two points

outline, tracing, mark

link

a component, connection

ring, loop, coupling

list

a series of items written or printed

record, catalog, inventory

literature

books and other written works

books, essays, fiction

load

a burden or pressure

encumbrance, hindrance, weight

loan

the agreement of lending money with interest and a plan to repay it

advance, credit, borrowing

location

the place where something is

area, locality, situation

log

a daily record of events or travel

account, diary, journal

logic

the science of reasoning

analytics, reason, inference

logo

a sign or symbol that identifies a company or brand

label, brand

loop

a circle or spiral

ring, circle, curve

lord

someone with a lot of power

majesty, ruler, master

loss

a misfortune

mishap, catastrophe, misadventure

lot

a portion or share

allotment, allowance, share

lots

a great deal, very much

loads, many, oodles

luck

good fortune

favor, miracle, serendipity

lunch

a meal eaten at midday

luncheon, meal, snack

What Is a Noun?

A noun is a person, place, thing, or idea. A good way to spot them is to note that they’re often preceded by articles such as “a,” “an,” or “the.” For example, “a lifetime” or “the lake.”

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.”

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Types of Nouns

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.

10 Example Sentences

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:

  1. What does the label say?
  2. We love swimming in the lake.
  3. Isn’t this the most stunning landscape you’ve ever seen?
  4. He makes an excellent leader.
  5. You’ll see The Headless Horseman at midnight, according to legend.
  6. Squeeze some lemon in the fruit punch.
  7. I loved her lesson on short fiction.
  8. He has a license to heal.
  9. What type of literature do you like to read?
  10. He suffered a terrible loss when the stock market crashed.
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Even More L-Words

It's amazing how many words there are that begin with L. If you're looking for even more L-words, you're sure to enjoy the word list tool on WordFinder by YourDictionary. There, you'll discover a collection of words that start with L categorized by how many letters each word has. Review the list as is, or tweak it to hone in on words of a certain length or that include certain combinations of letters or that end with a specific letter. Whatever you're looking for in regards to L-words, you're sure to find it here.

A Litany of L-Nouns

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.