The letter S is definitely one of the cools kids on the alphabet block. We see it used frequently in words, sentences, and paragraphs. Even though it's a popular letter, it's reliable too, always having the same pronunciation, that hissing "ess" sound.
Sometimes it butts up against a common vowel, as in sable. But, it's also friendly enough to work next to a Q or a U, as in squishiness or submarine. Pretty versatile, right? Let's take a closer look at some nouns that start with S.
A noun is defined as a person, place, thing, or idea. They're often accompanied by articles like "a," "an," and "the." Nouns love to act as the subject of a sentence. For example, "The sandstorm kept me away from my Saharan adventure."
They also like to pop up as the object of a sentence, too. That means they'll come after the verb in the sentence. For example, "The fairy dropped sparkles on my head." Nouns also function as names, including people, cities, and more.
The letter S can do a whole lot more than sparkle and shine. It can also be served in our favorite spaghetti dish or spun into a dramatic saga. Ready for more? Here are 50 nouns starting with S.
Sable - a mammal of northern Eurasia with soft, dark fur
Sabotage - an intentional destruction of something
Sachet - a small bag filled with things that smell nice
Sacrifice - the act of giving up or forgoing something
Saddle - a padded seat on a horse or bike
Sadness - the state or emotion of being sad
Saga - a long story, especially about something dramatic or heroic events
Saltiness - the property of being salty
Sandstorm - a strong wind carrying clouds of sand and dust through the air
Satsuma - a small variety of orange; a type of Japanese pottery
Scale - a system or series of marks used for measuring
Scandal - a disgraceful incident, or result of actions that are considered morally unacceptable
Scarlet - a vibrant red color
Schemer - someone who plots or formulates plans
Script - the written words of a play, movie, or show
Sculpture - the art of making forms and figures in clay or other materials
Seashore - the land along the sea or ocean
Season - one of four divisions in a calendar year
Secret - something kept from public knowledge
Seeker - one who searches or looks for something
Selfishness - the condition of putting one's own interests before others
Sensation - any sort of impressions of the senses
September - the ninth month of the year
Shade - an area of darkness caused by an object blocking light
Shadow - a reflection of something produced by light hitting the object
Shelter - a structure that provides cover or protection
Signal - a means of communicating a message
Silence - a complete absence of sound
Silver - a soft, grayish-white metal or color
Singer - a person who sings, especially professionally
Skeleton - the hard framework of an animal body that protects the organs
Skyline - the outline, as of buildings or mountains, against the sky; the line along which the sky seems to touch the earth
Slander - a false statement about someone that hurts their reputation
Smattering - a small amount of something
Smear - a dirty marking, stain, or smudge
Smoker - a person who habitually smokes cigarettes, pipes, etc.
Smudge - a stain, blur, or smear
Sneakiness - the quality or state of being deceptive or sly
Sneeze - a reflex used to expel objects in the nose to relieve irritation
Snore - a snorting sound made when asleep, caused by the vibration of the soft palate
Society - a group of people living as a community
Solitude - the state of being alone
Solution - the correct answer to a puzzle, problem, or difficult situation
Soulmate - one of two persons compatible with each other in disposition
Spaghetti - long strings of pasta
Sparkle - a glittery, glowing, or brilliant particle
Squishiness - the quality or state of being soft and pliable
Stadium - a large, usually open structure with tiers of seats for spectators
Stimulant - something that temporarily increases interest or the level of activity in a system, especially the nervous system
Submarine - a boat designed to stay and travel underwater for a long time
As you can see from the examples above nouns function in many capacities. In fact, there are more than 10 different types of nouns. If they're referring to a person or place, they're likely acting as a proper noun (e.g. Pinocchio, Dublin, Hawaii, Sweden, and the Empire State Building). An example of that would be, "Dublin has fantastic food."
The opposite of a proper noun is a common noun. These nouns refer to general, unspecified things. In the example above, Sweden is a proper noun. But, if that line simply read, "Our favorite city has fantastic food," you'd know the subject was a common noun. Common nouns aren't capitalized or specific.
Then, there are compound nouns (e.g., toothpaste and haircut), countable nouns, possessive nouns, and pronouns. It's quite common to see both nouns and pronouns in a single sentence: "Killian boarded the ship to get back to her."
Some of those S-words were tricky, right? Some of them might be more familiar to you as verbs (e.g. sacrifice, smear, and sparkle). But it's helpful to see them in their noun form, too.
Let's continue the exploration with 10 S-words working in their noun capacity. Click on the link in each sentence to see more example sentences containing that S-noun:
Riley hopped on her horse's saddle and raced off to find her prince.
Her sadness was apparent.
They will never recover from the scandal they created.
The mermaid swam along the seashore and wished upon a star.
Mary wondered why her shadow always followed her.
There was nothing in the cave but darkness and silence.
The construction workers came upon a skeleton in the old building.
As Santa slept, he let out a loud snore.
Modern society exchanges information on the internet.
Shall we go to the stadium to watch Owen play soccer?
The versatile letter S... It's a good one, right? Although S-words often shapeshift in and out of verbs and nouns, don't forget about their function as adjectives. When they slip into this form, they become supremely sensational, adding sparkle and shine. Have some fun with these 20 adjectives also starting with the letter S.