Robert, Rome, and ruler. Those are three nouns: a person, a place, and a thing. Given their broad stroke in the English language, there’s a lot to say about nouns. In this article, we discuss their important function. But, before we do, let’s roll through 50 nouns that start with R.
What would be your reaction to a recipe for vocabulary success? Truthfully, reading is the best way to build our vocabulary. But, scanning word lists can also be an exciting and effective endeavor. Here are 50 of the most popular R-nouns, plus one of their definitions and a sampling of synonyms, too:
a small, long-eared mammal with soft fur that bounces and burrows
bunny, hare, cottontail
a contest to see who moves the quickest
chase, competition, run
a form of communication where sounds are converted into electromagnetic waves
broadcast, receiver, shortwave
a downpour of water or other substance
drizzle, shower, storm
an order or series
assortment, collection, variety
a ratio or proportion
incidence, proportion, quota
an assigned position or standing
classification, grade, score
the relation to a whole
percentage, proportion, quotient
opinion, reflex, reply
a person who reads
bookworm, proofreader, scholar
the quality of being true
actuality, existence, tangibility
the cause for something to happen
intent, motive, impetus
a formula or directions to do or make something
instructions, pattern, process
A permanent file of something
annals, archive, chronicle
the return of something
comeback, regaining, retrieval
a mention of a situation
indication, mention, citation
a specific area within a larger area
country, province, realm
the act of signing up for something
enrollment, booking, matriculation
a connection between two people or things
affiliation, affinity, kinship
a remedy, aid, or relaxation
satisfaction, ease, comfort
a belief in a higher power
belief, faith, creed
a person or thing that takes the place of another
alternate, stand-in, substitute
a collection of information about something
statement, summary, writeup
a question or thing asked
petition, appeal, inquiry
an examination or study
analysis, experiment, investigation
a refusal to give into something
defiance, opposition, rebellion
an answer or judgment for something to be done
answer, decision, verdict
a vacation place with food and entertainment
hotel, retreat, spa
a supply drawn upon
asset, reserve, wherewithal
a show of admiration for someone or something
esteem, honor, regard
an answer to something
answer, reply, reaction
accountability or obligation toward something
liability, duty, onus
relaxation or sleep
repose, cessation, abatement
a place of business where food and beverages can be selected
bistro, cafe, eatery
the outcome of an action
conclusion, denouement, effect
income, particularly money taken in by a business by selling products or services
assets, earnings, sales
an examination, report, or evaluation
analysis, assessment, audit
something that is correct or accurate
appropriate, auspicious, just
a banded piece of jewelry worn around the finger
band, jewelry, loop
the possibility or chance of loss
danger, hazard, jeopardy
a stream of water that empties into another body of water
creek, tributary, brook
a path, course, or space for traveling between places
street, highway, avenue
a hard mass of stone
mineral, stone, pebble
a part that somebody performs in a job or activity
capacity, duty, function
a space made for people to be in
accommodation, apartment, dormitory
the part of the plant that is underground
bulb, taproot, tuber
something in a circular shape
annular, circular, spherical
a path for travel
way, course, path
a number of people or things arranged in a line
series, rank, file
an official regulation
edict, mandate, regulation
One of the primary functions of nouns is to act as the subject of the sentence. So, in the sentence, “The radio is full of static,” “radio” is a noun. Nouns are also direct objects. In the sentence, “Your mother deserves respect,” “respect” is the direct object. It’s the object of the verb “deserves.”
Since nouns can pop up in many different parts of a sentence, it won’t come as a surprise to learn that there are many different types of nouns. Here are five of the most common varieties:
- Proper nouns name specific things, like the names of people, cities, states, countries, buildings, and books. As proper nouns, they are capitalized. So, “Rome” is a proper noun, but “city” is a common noun.
- Common nouns refer to general items, such as “river,” instead of “River Thames.”
- Abstract nouns are used when you can’t touch the noun. These nouns are theoretical, such as “romance” or “respect.”
- Collective nouns refer to large groups, such as a “range” of mountains.
- Possessive nouns demonstrate ownership over something else. For example, in “Rosa’s rosaries,” “Rosa’s” is a possessive noun, indicating that she owns the rosaries.
To continue to explore these categories, check out Types of Nouns.
Ready to read these R-nouns rumble and roll through a few sentences? Here are 10 of the above nouns in action:
- She would like a rabbit for Christmas.
- What is that professor’s rating?
- I did not like their reaction to the news.
- The reality is that we’re happy.
- What is your recipe for success?
- Let’s travel to that region of Italy.
- Their relationship seems to be built on laughter and fun.
- That’s her grandmother’s gold ring.
- Why are the rocks here colored pink?
- There’s only one rule: work hard.
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That was riveting, right? R is a pretty popular letter of the alphabet. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. How about the words that modify nouns? Here are 20 Adjectives That Start With R! If your next bit of radical writing requires a little bit of alliteration, then reliable word lists like these will be just the ticket!