15 Beautiful English Words You Can Use in Your Compositions (with Sentence Examples!)

The English language offers a plethora of words that we can use to convey different meanings and ideas. Some of these words, admittedly, are simply lovelier than the others. You may have seen articles written on the different beautiful words in English but which are the ones that are most applicable to you as a student? In this blog entry, I will be sharing with you 15 of the most exquisite English words that you may be able to use in your composition writing. Furthermore, keep a lookout for the examples to see how each word can be used in a sentence. When used appropriately, these impressive words introduce an artistic flavour to your prose! So what are we waiting for? Let’s get started!


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1. Mellifluous

Meaning: (of a sound) pleasingly smooth and musical to hear (OXFORD Dictionary)

Word class: Adjective

Synonyms: sweet-sounding, smooth

Sentence example: Everyone in the concert hall was enthralled by his deep, mellifluous voice. 


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2. Iridescent

Meaning: Showing luminous colours that seem to change when seen from different angles. (OXFORD Dictionary)

Word class: Adjective

Synonyms: shimmery, dazzling

Sentence example: Hanging high in the dusky night sky, the iridescent moon greeted the campers with its soft, buttermilk glow. 


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3. Epiphany

Meaning: A moment of sudden and great revelation or realisation. (OXFORD Dictionary)

Word class: Noun

Synonym: realisation

Sentence example: An epiphany hit him that he had been talking to his long-lost childhood friend all along. 


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4. Ephemeral

Meaning: Lasting for a very short time. (OXFORD Dictionary)

Word class: Adjective

Sentence example: As a fickle-minded person, my interest in every hobby I had was always ephemeral.


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5. Aquiver

Meaning: Quivering; trembling. (OXFORD Dictionary)

Word class: Adjective

Synonyms: shaky, quivering

Sentence example: As though on fire, the eager runners were aquiver with a determined spirit to win the race.


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6. Felicity

Meaning: Intense happiness. (OXFORD Dictionary)

Word class: Noun

Synonyms: happiness, bliss

Sentence example: Upon learning that she had won the competition, Jenny was overwhelmed with felicity as she jumped around in joy.


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7. Lithe

Meaning: (especially of a person's body) thin, supple, and graceful. (OXFORD Dictionary)

Word class: Adjective

Synonyms: agile, graceful

Sentence example: Filled with admiration, she looked longingly at the lithe ballet dancers who were taking the stage with intricate elegance.


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8. Pristine

Meaning: in its original condition; unspoilt. Clean and fresh as if new; spotless. (OXFORD Dictionary)

Word class: Adjective

Synonyms: perfect, clean, spotless

Sentence example: Hannah sighed in exasperation when she spotted the dirty stains on her once pristine school uniform.


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9. Ebullient

Meaning: Cheerful and full of energy. (OXFORD Dictionary)

Word class: Adjective (Noun: Ebullience)

Synonyms: exuberant, cheerful

Sentence example: Nicole was in an ebullient mood this morning, grooving to every beat of the song playing on the radio.


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10. Solicitous

Meaning: characterised by or showing interest or concern. (OXFORD Dictionary)

Word class: Adjective

Synonyms: concerned, thoughtful, attentive

Sentence example: Mrs Lim was always known to be a caring teacher who was solicitous about the welfare of her students.   


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11. Idyllic

Meaning:  An idyllic place or experience is extremely pleasant, beautiful, or peaceful (CAMBRIDGE  Dictionary)

Word class: Adjective (Noun: Idyll) 

Synonyms: perfect, ideal

Sentence example: It was a stunning resort in an idyllic setting. 


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12. Dainty

Meaning: delicately small and pretty. (OXFORD Dictionary)

Word class: Adjective 

Synonyms: exquisite, elegant  

Sentence example: She took out a dainty cream-coloured handkerchief to wipe off the dirt on her bag.


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13. Splendour

Meaning: magnificent and splendid appearance; grandeur. (OXFORD Dictionary)

Word class: Noun 

Synonyms: magnificence, grandeur

Sentence example: The majestic splendour of the building took my breath away.


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14. Debonair

Meaning: (of a man) confident, stylish, and charming. (OXFORD Dictionary)

Word class: Adjective 

Synonyms: suave, charming, sophisticated

Sentence example: Father looked debonair in his brand new suit and polished shoes.  


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15. Somniferous

Meaning: tending to induce sleep. (OXFORD Dictionary)

Word class: Adjective 

Synonym: sleep-inducing

Sentence example: Mr Tan’s dull and monotonous lesson had a somniferous effect on us.  


We have come to the end of this blog post, but there are still thousands of words out there itching to help you adorn your narratives. Have you come across other beautiful words that you find hard to forget? Let us know in the comments section below! 


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Ms Jocelyn is an English Teacher at Lil’ but Mighty. Equipped with knowledge of the English Language system and an interactive teaching style, Ms Jocelyn has helped many of her students excel in their school assignments and examinations. As a dedicated educator, she believes in creating a safe and stimulating environment in which learners are encouraged to explore their strengths, initiate ideas and unleash their full potential.