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Language is fascinating. It has the power to evoke emotions, paint pictures, and tell stories. 

One letter can hold a treasure trove of captivating words, waiting to be discovered and appreciated. And in this article, we’ll take a look at beautiful words that start with the letter ‘S’. 

These 50 stunning words are sure to add richness and depth to your vocabulary. 

Each word is accompanied by its definition and a short example to help you know how to use it.

1. Serendipity

Meaning: The occurrence of events or discoveries by chance in a happy or beneficial way.

  • As if by serendipity, she stumbled upon a hidden gem of a café while exploring the city.

2. Solivagant

Meaning: Wandering alone.

  • The solivagant traveler trekked through the wilderness, discovering the beauty of solitude.

3. Soothe

Meaning: To gently calm or relieve pain or discomfort.

  • The sound of the ocean waves never failed to soothe her restless mind.

4. Sanguine

Meaning: Optimistic or positive, especially in an apparently bad or difficult situation.

  • Despite the challenges ahead, he remained sanguine about the team’s chances of success.

5. Sublime

Meaning: Of such excellence, grandeur, or beauty as to inspire great admiration or awe.

  • The sublime majesty of the mountains left the hikers in awe.

6. Serene

Meaning: Calm, peaceful, and untroubled.

  • They spent the weekend at a serene lakeside cabin, away from the chaos of the city.

7. Syzygy

Meaning: An alignment of celestial bodies, particularly the sun, moon, and earth.

  • The lunar eclipse was a rare syzygy, attracting skywatchers from around the world.

8. Sempiternal

Meaning: Eternal and unchanging; everlasting.

  • Their love was believed to be sempiternal, transcending time and distance.

9. Susurrus

Meaning: A soft, whispering or rustling sound.

  • The susurrus of leaves in the breeze created a tranquil atmosphere in the forest.

10. Sartorial

Meaning: Relating to tailoring, clothes, or style of dress.

  • Her sartorial elegance was evident in her carefully curated wardrobe.

11. Scintillating

Meaning: Sparkling or shining brightly; brilliantly and excitingly clever or skillful.

  • The scintillating conversation at the dinner party kept everyone engaged and entertained.

12. Sagacious

Meaning: Having or showing keen mental discernment and good judgment; wise or shrewd.

  • The sagacious mentor guided his protégé with insightful advice and a wealth of experience.

13. Seraphic

Meaning: Characteristic of or resembling a seraph or seraphim; angelic.

  • The choir’s seraphic voices filled the cathedral with ethereal beauty.

14. Splendiferous

Meaning: Splendid or magnificent.

  • The splendiferous fireworks display left the spectators in awe.

15. Somnolent

Meaning: Sleepy; drowsy; inducing drowsiness or sleep.

  • The somnolent hum of the air conditioner lulled her to sleep.

16. Selcouth

Meaning: Unfamiliar, rare, strange, and yet marvelous.

  • The selcouth artifact piqued the interest of historians and archeologists alike.

17. Syllogism

Meaning: A kind of logical argument that applies deductive reasoning to arrive at a conclusion based on two propositions that are asserted or assumed to be true.

  • The philosopher used a syllogism to prove the validity of his argument.

18. Succulent

Meaning: Juicy and tender; or a plant with thick, fleshy leaves or stems adapted to storing water.

  • The succulent roast was a hit at the dinner party.
  • Her windowsill was adorned with a variety of charming succulents.

19. Sonorous

Meaning: Imposingly deep and full; capable of producing a deep or ringing sound.

  • The sonorous tones of the cello resonated throughout the concert hall.

20. Stelliferous

Meaning: Filled with or abounding in stars.

  • The stelliferous sky captivated the couple as they gazed up at the glittering expanse.

21. Sapient

Meaning: Wise, or attempting to appear wise.

  • The sapient professor was renowned for his ability to captivate his students with his intellect and wit.

22. Savor

Meaning: To fully appreciate and enjoy a taste, smell, or experience.

  • She savored every bite of the decadent chocolate cake, indulging in its rich flavors.

23. Salubrious

Meaning: Health-giving; healthy.

  • The mountain retreat was known for its salubrious air and rejuvenating atmosphere.

24. Sibilant

Meaning: Characterized by a hissing sound, such as the “s” or “sh” sounds in speech.

  • The sibilant whisper of the wind through the trees was both soothing and mysterious.

25. Synaesthesia

Meaning: A perceptual phenomenon in which the stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway.

  • The artist experienced synaesthesia, causing her to see colors when she heard certain sounds, which greatly influenced her work.

26. Supercilious

Meaning: Behaving or looking as though one thinks they are superior to others.

  • His supercilious attitude made it difficult for others to warm up to him.

27. Sylph

Meaning: An imaginary spirit of the air, or a slender woman or girl.

  • The dancer moved with the grace and lightness of a sylph.

28. Struthious

Meaning: Relating to or resembling an ostrich.

  • The struthious creature captured the interest of the crowd at the zoo.

29. Sinecure

Meaning: A position requiring little or no work but providing financial benefits or status.

  • Some considered the ambassador’s role a sinecure, as his responsibilities seemed minimal.

30. Stentorian

Meaning: Extremely loud, powerful, or commanding in sound.

  • The stentorian voice of the drill sergeant demanded immediate attention.

31. Suspire

Meaning: To breathe or sigh, especially in a long, deep, or audible manner.

  • After a long day, she suspired as she sank into the comfortable armchair.

32. Sempervirent

Meaning: Evergreen or always flourishing.

  • The sempervirent garden provided year-round beauty and color.

33. Saturnine

Meaning: Slow and gloomy; having a moody or melancholy temperament.

  • His saturnine demeanor often made others feel uneasy in his presence.

34. Scaramouche

Meaning: A boastful but cowardly person; a stock character in Italian comedic theater.

  • The scaramouche’s antics on stage delighted the audience with his humorous bravado.

35. Soporific

Meaning: Tending to induce drowsiness or sleep.

  • The soporific lecture made it difficult for the students to stay awake and engaged.

36. Sussurous

Meaning: Full of or characterized by soft, whispered, or rustling sounds.

  • The sussurous lullaby was perfect for putting the baby to sleep.

37. Stochastic

Meaning: Randomly determined; having a random probability distribution or pattern.

  • The scientist used stochastic models to predict the behavior of particles in the experiment.

38. Stygian

Meaning: Extremely dark, gloomy, or forbidding.

  • The stygian depths of the cave were both eerie and alluring to the spelunkers.

39. Scapegrace

Meaning: A mischievous or wayward person, especially a young person or child.

  • The little scapegrace was always getting into trouble but somehow remained endearing.

40. Skulduggery

Meaning: Underhanded or unscrupulous behavior; trickery.

  • The detective was determined to uncover the skulduggery behind the mysterious events.

41. Sluice

Meaning: A sliding gate or other device for controlling the flow of water, especially one in a lock gate; to wash or spray with a stream of water.

  • The engineers built a sluice to regulate water levels in the canal.
  • After a day of gardening, she sluiced her muddy boots with a hose.

42. Spurious

Meaning: Not genuine, authentic, or true; not from the claimed, pretended, or proper source.

  • The art expert identified the painting as a spurious imitation.

43. Sussuration

Meaning: A soft murmur or whisper; the act of whispering or murmuring.

  • The sussuration of the audience during the intermission hinted at their anticipation for the second act.

44. Svelte

Meaning: Slender and elegant.

  • The fashion model had a svelte figure that perfectly showcased the designer’s clothing.

45. Simulacrum

Meaning: An image or representation of someone or something; a superficial likeness or imitation.

  • The wax museum was filled with simulacra of famous people from throughout history.

46. Symbiosis

Meaning: A close, long-term interaction between two different biological organisms, typically to the advantage of both.

  • The symbiosis between bees and flowers is essential for pollination and the survival of both species.

47. Schadenfreude

Meaning: Pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others.

  • He couldn’t help but feel a touch of schadenfreude when his rival’s project failed.

48. Sough

Meaning: A moaning, rustling, or murmuring sound.

  • The sough of the wind through the tall grass created an eerie soundtrack for their nighttime walk.

49. Scintilla

Meaning: A tiny trace or spark of a specified quality or feeling.

  • There was not a scintilla of doubt in her mind that she had made the right decision.

50. Somnambulist

Meaning: A sleepwalker.

  • The somnambulist was often found wandering the halls late at night, completely unaware of his surroundings.

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