Nouns are one of the most important parts of speech. They pop up as the subjects of our sentences and the objects of our verbs. They describe the people, places, or things in our lives. The letter X may not be as popular as the consonant S or the vowel A, but we can name at least 50 nouns that start with X. Ready to learn to play the xalam and identify the xanthophane in your favorite fall leaves?
Nouns That Start With X
50 Nouns Starting With X
Who knew the world was full of so many X-nouns? In truth, many of these nouns are no longer in usage, such as xenodochium and xerophagy, but you might recognize a few. The next time you go to an art fair, you’ll appreciate the xylographer, or the person who made beautiful engravings on wood:
a horizontal axis
a noteworthy talent or quality
it factor, wow factor, special talent
an extreme sports competition presented by ESPN
competition, extreme sports, tournament
a picture taken of the inside of something
radioactivity, encephalogram, fluoroscope
a fictional spacecraft from Star Wars
fighter jet, spaceship, jet plane
a traditional lute-like string instrument of West Africa
instrument, lute, banjo
minute unicellular algae
green algae, scum, residue
a nitrogenous substance related to uric acid
powder, urea, chemical compound
common weeds found in North America
weed, plant, sunflower
a skin disease marked by yellowish patches on the skin
lipodosis, hyperlipidemias, skin disease
yellow pigment in the inner segments of the retina
pigment, color, chromophane
yellow coloring in yellow autumn leaves
pigments, carotenoid, carotenes
a yellow acid formed by hot nitric acid on protein matter
a yellow crystal alkaloid found in the root of the yellow puccoon
a shrub from North America with deep yellow roots
yellowroot, plant, shrub
a plant from Australia with a thick stem and long, grasslike leaves
flower, plant, perennial
the yellow discoloration often seen in cancerous tumors
prickly shrubs or small trees with deep yellow bark and roots
rue, prickly ash, Hercules club
a small, three-masted ship once common in the Mediterranean
vessel, sailboat, zebec
a present given to a guest, stranger, or foreign ambassador
gift, offering, bequest
in the Middle Ages, a room in a monastery for receiving and entertaining guests
parlor, den, housing
the reception of strangers
reception, hospitality, welcome party
the production of offspring that's unlike either parent
a passion for foreign customs, institutions, and manners
a heavy, colorless, gaseous chemical element with atomic number 54
noble gas, chemical element
an irrational fear of foreigners or anything foreign
prejudice, bigotry, racism
an old money from India, equal to three fifths of a rupee
cash, currency, money
a gold coin formerly used in Egypt and Turkey
money, coin, doubloon
a skin disease marked by small spots resembling freckles
among early Christians, a diet of dry food during Lent and other times of fast
fasting, diet, meal
an extreme dryness of the eyeball caused by vitamin A deficiency
broadbill, fish, billfish
an extinct camel-like mammal
short for Christmas
Christmas, yuletide, holiday season
wood coal, or charcoal; distinct from mineral coal.
coal, lignite, cinder
a type of transport tissue in plants that carries water
colorless, inflammable hydrocarbon found in coal and wood tar
a green or blue pigment produced by a fungus in some decayed wood.
a crystalline alcohol derived from sugar
alcohol, xylose, sweetener
a yellow oil with a geranium-like smell, a side product in making phorone
an engraving on wood
engraving, carving, printing
one who practices xylography
printer, engraver, artisan
the art of engraving on wood
woodcutting, wood engraving
a beetle whose larvae live in wood
musical instrument made of wooden bars
carillon, marimba, vibraphone
the art of burning pictures on wood with a hot iron
an herb with grassy leaves and small yellow flowers
Yellow-eyed grass, flowering plant
a surgical instrument for scraping bones
surgical rasp, surgical file, tool
a long, open portico for athletic exercise
gymnasium, porch, colonnade
What Is a Noun?
A noun is a person, place, thing, or idea. When we use them in our writing, we often need to place an article before them, such as “a,” “an,” or “the.” For example, “a tractor,” “an arboretum,” or “the trellis.”
One of the primary functions of nouns is to act as the subject of the sentence. So, in the sentence, “Her xylophone is black,” “xylophone” is a noun. Nouns are often direct objects, too. In the sentence, “She plays the xylophone,” “xylophone” acts as the direct object. It’s the object of the verb, “plays.”
Types of Nouns
Nouns are organized into several different categories. Here are five of the most varieties:
- Proper nouns name specific things, like the names of people, cities, states, countries, buildings, and books. As proper nouns, they are capitalized. So, “Xander” is a proper noun, but “man” is a common noun.
- Common nouns refer to general items, such as “city,” instead of “Xi’an,” (a city in China).
- Abstract nouns are used when you can’t touch the noun. These nouns are theoretical, such as “love” or “time.”
- Collective nouns refer to large groups, such as a “troop” of baboons or a “herd” of sheep.
- Possessive nouns demonstrate ownership over something else. For example, with “Xavier’s X-ray,” “Xavier’s” is a possessive noun, indicating that it’s his X-ray.
To continue to explore these categories, check out Types of Nouns.
10 Example Sentences
X-nouns may not be common, but there may come a day when they pop up in your reading or writing. Here are ten examples:
- Draw a line across the x-axis.
- After the accident, they took an X-ray of my wrist.
- He pulled out an old leather sack and exchanged the xeriff for a brass ring.
- The “X” in X-mas is short for Christ.
- He perilously entered into the xenodochium, for fear of reprisal from the monks.
- Although she’s an American, her xenomania for all things German is potent.
- You should go to the dermatologist to have that xeroderma looked at.
- Did you know xylene is a hydrocarbon?
- How can there be a xiphodon in the desert? Aren’t they extinct?
- Xenon and helium are both gases.
Get Excited About X-Words
Wish you knew if there were X-words in other parts of speech beyond nouns? If so, you'll love further exploring English words that start with X using WordFinder's word list tool. There, you'll discover a full list of words that start with the letter X organized by word length. You can even adjust the list to focus solely on words of a certain length or that contain or end with specific letters or that have a certain combination of letters at the beginning. Who knew it could be so fun and easy to discover words that begin with X!
Who knew so many X-nouns existed? If you’re working on a new short story or poem, you can consider adding in some interesting elements thanks to the letter X. Why not have one of your characters visit an ancient monastery with a xenodochium where he exchanges xeraphim for a copy of the Quran? Your tales can go anywhere with a robust understanding of the history of the English language. For more on that, check out these Roots of English Words Found in Greek Mythology. See where your next adventure takes you!