Nouns are, perhaps, the most poignant parts of speech. They stand as the subjects of our sentences. They also dive in and act as direct and indirect objects. The dance about our verbs, filling in all kinds of information.
One of the best ways to explore any part of speech is to explore word list after word list. We’ve been walking through an alphabet of nouns, beginning with the letter A. Continue to take a stroll with us as we explore 50 nouns that start with P.
Ready for a powerful party of P-nouns? Below, you’ll find 50 nouns that start with the letter P, one of their definitions, as well as a few synonyms for each.
a box or bag that contains items
bundle, container, parcel
the side of something printed
leaf, sheet, folio
mental or physical distress
affliction, suffering, torture
two of something
couple, duo, combo
a group of persons selected for a specific purpose
committee, council, tribunal
an essay, written report, or school exam
assignment, composition, thesis
an area of land used for recreation
commons, playground, sanctuary
a portion or division of something
piece, fragment, section
a person who takes part in an activity or business with others
associate, ally, comrade
a gathering of people to have a good time
bash, cabal, fiesta
a trail, route, or course
footpath, trail, way
an arrangement or order
archetype, blueprint, layout
all or part of what is owed by someone
compensation, dues, remittance
humankind, humanity, persons
one out of one hundred parts
proportion, section, ratio
showing a craft to a group of people
ceremony, exhibition, recital
a space of time between two events
interval, duration, span
a human being
individual, human being, man
the instrument used to call others
an image taken by camera
picture, snapshot, image
an image of a person, place, or thing
photo, drawing, illustration
a part of a whole
portion, share, section
a particular location or space
spot, point, station
a document, program, or diagram that demonstrates how to proceed
draft, scheme, outline
a member of vegetable, flower kingdom
shrub, vegetation, sprout
a raised stage
altar, base, deck
a person participating in sport
athlete, competitor, contestant
part of an argument
emphasis, idea, subject
members of law enforcement
constable, cop, detective
a written contract or agreement
code, contract, program
the number of people or animals in a particular place
inhabitants, dwellers, citizens
how a person or thing is placed
angle, locale, place
a job or employment
office, station, appointment
an ability or competence
skill, endowment, capability
exercise or an application
custom, habit, tradition
the highest elected or appointed officer within an organization
leader, director, chairman
to strain or pressure
impact, imprint, thrust
demand or difficulty
anxiety, burden, difficulty
the amount at which something is valued
amount, cost, rate
the state of being free from public scrutiny
seclusion, solitude, isolation
a difficulty or bad situation
complication, conundrum, difficulty
the actions happening while something is being done
course, evolution, method
something made by humans or nature
goods, item, merchandise
the process of creating of goods
assembly, manufacturing, creation
a series of events
agenda, catalog, schedule
moving forward toward an end goal
advancement, development, growth
a task or a plan
assignment, enterprise, venture
something that is owned
possession, holdings, inheritance
a person or thing that shields from danger
shield, screen, shelter
a goal or intention
mission, objective, intent
One of the most common functions of nouns is to act as the subject of the sentence. So, in the sentence, “The pepper is too strong,” “pepper” is a noun. Nouns are often direct objects, too. In the sentence, “She signed the paper,” “paper” is the direct object. It’s the object of the verb, “signed.”
We see them pop up at the start of a sentence; we see them pop up at the end of a sentence. In truth, nouns can appear anywhere. So, it probably won’t surprise you to learn that there are many different types of nouns. Here are five of the most common:
- Proper nouns name specific things, like the names of people, cities, states, countries, buildings, and books. As proper nouns, they are capitalized. So, “Peter” is a proper noun, but “dad” is a common noun.
- Common nouns refer to general items, such as “pyramid,” instead of “The Great Pyramid of Giza.”
- Abstract nouns are used when you can’t touch the noun. These nouns are theoretical, such as “pensiveness” or “positivity.”
- Collective nouns refer to large groups, such as a “pack” of puppies or a “pile” of presents.
- Possessive nouns demonstrate ownership over something else. For example, with “Pippi’s pigtails,” “Pippi’s” is a possessive noun, indicating that the pigtails belong to her.
To continue to explore these categories, check out Types of Nouns.
Ready to pepper our sentences with P-nouns? Here are 10 of the above nouns in action:
- I received the package at my door.
- She’s writing a paper on spirituality.
- I like the pattern on this tablecloth.
- This beach is completely empty of people.
- I loved her performance in Les Miserables.
- He holds a lot of power and influence in the industry.
- Do not put so much pressure on him to perform well.
- There’s a lot of privacy in these tiny homes.
- I love your writing process.
- God is her protection.
Nouns are the ideal starting point for vocabulary learning, but there’s plenty of room to grow from there. Use WordFinder’s list of words that start with the letter P if you’re ready to power ahead to peruse even more P-words. From a full list of words organized by length to filters that let you narrow the results to a certain number of words or terms that include, end or begin with certain letters or combinations of letters, WordFinder’s word list tool is a powerful resource for mastering P-words and terms starting with every letter of the alphabet.
Nouns are the foundation of most of our writing. Do you know which part of speech they love to work with the most? Adjectives! Adjectives modify nouns, taking “the poppy” to “the pink poppy.” While we’re on the letter P, take a look at these 20 Adjectives That Start With P. May all your prose be poignant and prosperous.