Nouns That Start With B

Updated June 4, 2021
nouns that start with b
    nouns that start with B
    phatthanit_r / iStock / Getty Images Plus
    Used under Getty Images license

How often do you see the letter B pop up in your everyday language? We talk to our boys and our brothers, and, most of all, we love to read books! The letter B is possibly more common than we might think.

And it makes a nice vocabulary study when we walk through the alphabet letter by letter and uncover new words and phrases. Below, we’ll explore 50 nouns that start with B, similar to our list of Adjectives That Start With B. You’ll be beaming with this blissful bounty of words in no time!

50 Nouns Starting With B

Below, you’ll find 50 of the most commonly-used B nouns. We’re likely to come across these nouns in our reading and writing. See how many definitions you recognize, and enjoy a few synonyms, or similar words, for each noun that starts with B:





an extremely young child or animal

infant, kid, newborn


what’s behind someone or something

backdrop, surroundings, environment


a container that can store items or be used to carry items

purse, sack, handbag


the amount of something left after additions or subtractions have been made

remainder, equity, surplus


a round object in the shape of a sphere

sphere, globe, orb


a group of people working together, particularly in the field of music

ensemble, orchestra, company


a place that receives, lends, and exchanges money

treasury, depository, vault


a rectangular counter where food and drinks are consumed

pub, saloon, tavern


a very strong insult or criticism

bristle, offense, affront


a person who is savage and crude

brute, savage, ruffian


the foundation of something

reason, justification, grounds


a manmade power cell used to generate electrical energy

alkaline battery, dry cell, wet cell


a fight or conflict with or without weapons

fight, skirmish, encounter


the area directly touching a seashore

waterfront, seaside, coast


a quality that provides pleasure to the senses

appeal, grace, loveliness


a piece of furniture to lie or sleep

mattress, cot, bunk


an alcoholic beverage made from malted grain, flavored with hops

brew, ale, lager


the way a person or thing acts or reacts

conduct, etiquette, protocol


something that provides an advantage for others

asset, advantage, gain


a tendency to mentally lean in a certain direction

preference, influence, prejudice


a person who is prejudiced or intolerant

zealot, dogmatist, fanatic


a two-wheeled vehicle with one wheel in front of the other

two-wheeler, bicycle, cycle


a statement of fees or charges

invoice, check, tab


a thousand millions

a “bill,” lots, many


the emergence of a baby from a mother’s womb

childbirth, delivery, beginning


a sudden and invasive military attack

onslaught, barrage, blitzkrieg


a square piece of material with flat surfaces for building things

cube, square, slab


an online chronological commentary

website, site, journal


the fluid that carries oxygen and other elements to the tissues

juice, hemoglobin, plasma


the act of pretending something that isn’t true

ruse, deception, delusion


a stormy blowing of air

storm, breeze, blow


a long, thin piece of wood

plank, panel, slat


a vessel used to carry people or cargo on water

ship, vessel, canoe


the physical part of a living thing

physique, anatomy, frame


a story or collection of stories that can be read

novel, publication, tome


a container with a neck that holds liquids

glass, container,vial


the lowest, last, or underside of something

underside, base, foot


a deep circular dish

vessel, dish, crock


a container made typically made of cardboard or wood

carton, crate, case


a young male

lad, youngster, fellow


the mass of nerve tissue located in the head of animals with spinal cords

cerebrum, mind, intellect


an identifying name or mark of a company

trademark, make, seal


developed muscles or physical strength

strength, muscle, power


a structure connecting two sections of land

overpass, catwalk, trestle


the transmission of information to a lot of people

simulcast, newscast, program


a male sibling

kinsman, relation, relative


an itemized summary of planned expenses for a given period of time

estimate, allocation, allowance


a swelling or protrusion on an otherwise flat surface

projection, swelling, protrusion


a company that promotes the purchase and sale of products or services

enterprise, industry, store


a small disk that fastens two parts of a garment

snap, clasp, fastener


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 doll,” “an author,” or “the tree.”

One of the primary functions of nouns is to act as the subject of the sentence. So, in the sentence, “The tree is tall,” “tree” is a noun. Nouns are often direct objects, too. In the sentence, “An author drank coffee,” coffee is the direct object. It’s the object of the verb, “drank.”

Capital letter B
    Capital letter B
    Used under license

Types of Nouns

Nouns are categorized into several types.

  • Proper nouns name specific things, like the names of people, cities, states, countries, buildings, and books. As proper nouns, they are capitalized. So, “Marie” is a proper noun, but “girl” is a common noun.
  • Common nouns refer to general items, such as “pyramid,” instead of “Giza,” (the proper name of a pyramid in Egypt).
  • 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 “herd” of buffalo or a “squad” of cheerleaders.
  • Possessive nouns demonstrate ownership over something else. For example, with “Tucker’s puppy,” Tucker’s is a possessive noun, indicating that Tucker owns the puppy.

To continue to explore these categories, check out Types of Nouns.


10 Example Sentences

Let’s take a look at some of the B-nouns above in action to see how they function in a full sentence.

  1. The background on her webcast was bright pink.
  2. What is the basis for your claim?
  3. Lydia just bought a bungalow on the beach.
  4. There is great beauty in kindness.
  5. A bigot is the worst kind of human being.
  6. He proposed to her out on the bluff.
  7. Just then, a bluster blew through the house.
  8. The treasure chest sank to the bottom of the cove.
  9. They blew their monthly budget on a once-in-a-lifetime vacation.
  10. She sewed a red button on her coat.

Boisterous B-Nouns

The letter B forms many-a-great word. Also, the sound it makes is quite fun, too, isn’t it? Sometimes, it’s nice to study the English language, letter by letter. Let’s take things back to the start, shall we? Here’s our list of 50 Nouns That Start With A. Are you an admirer of the aardvark in the aisle?


Build on Your B-Words

Nouns are a great place to start when your goal is to build a solid foundation of vocabulary words that start with B, but there are many more options to explore. WordFinder by YourDictionary can quickly and easily provide you with a long list of words that start with the letter B which includes terms from multiple parts of speech, organized by length. You’ll be able to filter the list to match criteria on what letters or letter combinations fall within or at the beginning or end of each word.