Nouns That Start With P

Nouns are, perhaps, the most poignant parts of speech. They stand as the subjects of our sentences. They also dive in and act as direct and indirect objects. The dance about our verbs, filling in all kinds of information.

One of the best ways to explore any part of speech is to explore word list after word list. We’ve been walking through an alphabet of nouns, beginning with the letter A. Continue to take a stroll with us as we explore 50 nouns that start with P.

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50 Nouns Starting With P

Ready for a powerful party of P-nouns? Below, you’ll find 50 nouns that start with the letter P, one of their definitions, as well as a few synonyms for each.





a box or bag that contains items

bundle, container, parcel


the side of something printed

leaf, sheet, folio


mental or physical distress

affliction, suffering, torture


two of something

couple, duo, combo


a group of persons selected for a specific purpose

committee, council, tribunal


an essay, written report, or school exam

assignment, composition, thesis


an area of land used for recreation

commons, playground, sanctuary


a portion or division of something

piece, fragment, section


a person who takes part in an activity or business with others

associate, ally, comrade


a gathering of people to have a good time

bash, cabal, fiesta


a trail, route, or course

footpath, trail, way


an arrangement or order

archetype, blueprint, layout


all or part of what is owed by someone

compensation, dues, remittance


human beings

humankind, humanity, persons


one out of one hundred parts

proportion, section, ratio


showing a craft to a group of people

ceremony, exhibition, recital


a space of time between two events

interval, duration, span


a human being

individual, human being, man


the instrument used to call others



an image taken by camera

picture, snapshot, image


an image of a person, place, or thing

photo, drawing, illustration


a part of a whole

portion, share, section


a particular location or space

spot, point, station


a document, program, or diagram that demonstrates how to proceed

draft, scheme, outline


a member of vegetable, flower kingdom

shrub, vegetation, sprout


a raised stage

altar, base, deck


a person participating in sport

athlete, competitor, contestant


part of an argument

emphasis, idea, subject


members of law enforcement

constable, cop, detective


a written contract or agreement

code, contract, program


the number of people or animals in a particular place

inhabitants, dwellers, citizens


how a person or thing is placed

angle, locale, place


a job or employment

office, station, appointment


an ability or competence

skill, endowment, capability


exercise or an application

custom, habit, tradition


the highest elected or appointed officer within an organization

leader, director, chairman


to strain or pressure

impact, imprint, thrust


demand or difficulty

anxiety, burden, difficulty


the amount at which something is valued

amount, cost, rate


the state of being free from public scrutiny

seclusion, solitude, isolation


a difficulty or bad situation

complication, conundrum, difficulty


the actions happening while something is being done

course, evolution, method


something made by humans or nature

goods, item, merchandise


the process of creating of goods

assembly, manufacturing, creation


a series of events

agenda, catalog, schedule


moving forward toward an end goal

advancement, development, growth


a task or a plan

assignment, enterprise, venture


something that is owned

possession, holdings, inheritance


a person or thing that shields from danger

shield, screen, shelter


a goal or intention

mission, objective, intent

What Is a Noun?

A noun is a person, place, thing, or idea. When we use them in our writing, we often have to place an article before them, like “a,” “an,” or “the.” For example, “a pot” or “the paper.”

One of the most common functions of nouns is to act as the subject of the sentence. So, in the sentence, “The pepper is too strong,” “pepper” is a noun. Nouns are often direct objects, too. In the sentence, “She signed the paper,” “paper” is the direct object. It’s the object of the verb, “signed.”

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Types of Nouns

We see them pop up at the start of a sentence; we see them pop up at the end of a sentence. In truth, nouns can appear anywhere. So, it probably won’t surprise you to learn 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, “Peter” is a proper noun, but “dad” is a common noun.
  • Common nouns refer to general items, such as “pyramid,” instead of “The Great Pyramid of Giza.”
  • Abstract nouns are used when you can’t touch the noun. These nouns are theoretical, such as “pensiveness” or “positivity.”
  • Collective nouns refer to large groups, such as a “pack” of puppies or a “pile” of presents.
  • Possessive nouns demonstrate ownership over something else. For example, with “Pippi’s pigtails,” “Pippi’s” is a possessive noun, indicating that the pigtails belong to her.

To continue to explore these categories, check out Types of Nouns.

10 Example Sentences

Ready to pepper our sentences with P-nouns? Here are 10 of the above nouns in action:

  1. I received the package at my door.
  2. She’s writing a paper on spirituality.
  3. I like the pattern on this tablecloth.
  4. This beach is completely empty of people.
  5. I loved her performance in Les Miserables.
  6. He holds a lot of power and influence in the industry.
  7. Do not put so much pressure on him to perform well.
  8. There’s a lot of privacy in these tiny homes.
  9. I love your writing process.
  10. God is her protection.

Peruse Plenty of P-Words

Nouns are the ideal starting point for vocabulary learning, but there’s plenty of room to grow from there. Use WordFinder’s list of words that start with the letter P if you’re ready to power ahead to peruse even more P-words. From a full list of words organized by length to filters that let you narrow the results to a certain number of words or terms that include, end or begin with certain letters or combinations of letters, WordFinder’s word list tool is a powerful resource for mastering P-words and terms starting with every letter of the alphabet.

Powerful P-Nouns

Nouns are the foundation of most of our writing. Do you know which part of speech they love to work with the most? Adjectives! Adjectives modify nouns, taking “the poppy” to “the pink poppy.” While we’re on the letter P, take a look at these 20 Adjectives That Start With P. May all your prose be poignant and prosperous.