Nouns are words that refer to people, places, and things. That’s pretty expansive, right? Nouns can point to anything from aerospace dynamics to zebras. Given their expansive nature, there’s a lot to say about this part of speech.
Let’s roll up our sleeves and examine 50 nouns that start with V, a rather uncommon letter. Then, we’ll discuss more about this part of speech, as well as its various forms.
Below, you’ll find a list of 50 of the most common V-nouns. Enjoy one of their definitions, as well as a few synonyms for each noun:
taking a break from work to relax
holiday, leave, sabbatical
a space devoid of air or matter
cavity, space, void
the quality of being correct
cogency, legitimacy, substance
a stretch of low land between two mountains
canyon, divide, gulch
the worth of goods, services, or money
worth, merit, significance
a device that opens or closes to let things in
faucet, flap, spigot
a closed truck that carries people, animals, or things
truck, vehicle, wagon
extract from vanilla beans used for flavoring in cooking and baking
a quantity in an equation that can change its value
factor, element, quantity
something that is different from the norm or standard
alternative, modification, version
how much something differs from another
change, deviation, discrepancy
an assortment of different types
assortment, collection, medley
s secured room or area where valuables are kept
tomb, crypt, grave
a person who will not eat any type of animal product
the edible root, tuber, leaf, stem, seed, or flower of a plant
herb, green, legume
a type of transportation
transport, car, carrier
the rate of motion, speed, or action
acceleration, momentum, rate
a person who sells wares
businessperson, dealer, peddler
an undertaking, particularly one that involves some sort of risk or danger
adventure, undertaking, enterprise
a location for a specific type of event
locale, setting, site
a decision, opinion, or judgment on a disputed issue
decision, decree, ruling
writing that has a specific rhythm to it
chorus, meter, refrain
an interpretation of something that happened
account, depiction, rendition
a large ship or boat
barge, boat, yacht
a person who has obtained a lot of experience in a particular field
master, expert, old guard
a fast movement back and forth
fluctuation, oscillation, quake
a person who has had something bad happen to them
triumph, conquest, mastery
the visual part of a movie or recorded program
broadcast, program, film
a range of sight
panorama, scene, tableau
a country house or estate
castle, chateau, estate
a residential area in the country smaller than a town
hamlet, community, settlement
a liquid made by fermenting cider, wine, or malt
marinade, saline, chemical
of or relating to a particular period from the past
aged, ancient, rare
a plastic made from a chemical
plastic, rubber, polymer
a breach of a law or a code of behavior
assault, breach, offense
the use of physical force to harm
rampage, tumult, onslaught
morality, righteousness, honor
a tiny parasite that can reproduce if it is within a living being
bug, disease, germ
a mark on a passport to show that a person can enter a country
papers, permit, stamp
how well you are able to see
perceptibility, discernibility, clarity
the ability to perceive with eyes
someone who comes to a place temporarily
caller, company, guest
a substance necessary for the healthy functioning of the body
folic acid, thiamine, riboflavin
the language and words used and understood by a group of people
dialect, language, lexicon
a sound made by the mouth
speech, sound, cry
an empty space
emptiness, gap, vacuum
the rate at which energy forces are drawn from a source
electricity, conductivity, magnetism
the level at which something is heard
bulk, mass, quantity
a person who donates time and effort to a cause
enlistee, missionary, aide
One of the primary functions of nouns is to act as the subject of the sentence. So, in the sentence, “The volume is very high,” “volume” is a noun. Nouns are often direct objects, too. In the sentence, “He actually drinks vinegar,” “vinegar” is the direct object. It’s the object of the verb, “drinks.”
Nouns can pop up all over a sentence. Given their usefulness, there are quite a few classifications. 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, “Vanessa” is a proper noun, but “lady” is a common noun.
- Common nouns refer to general items, such as “village,” instead of “Doolin,” (a village in Ireland).
- Abstract nouns are nouns we can’t see or touch. These nouns are theoretical, such as “valiance” or “vanity.”
- Collective nouns refer to large groups, such as a “venue” of vultures or a “volery” of pheasants.
- Possessive nouns demonstrate ownership over something else. For example, with “Veronica’s boyfriend,” “Veronica’s” is a possessive noun, indicating that the boyfriend is hers.
To continue to explore these categories, check out Types of Nouns.
Ready to see 10 of the above V-nouns in action? Get ready to sail through vacation and walk through a valley or two with these sample sentences:
- They are on vacation in Hawaii.
- We needed to traipse through the valley to reach the mountaintop.
- Is that a variation of our favorite song?
- This is my favorite vendor at the farmers’ market.
- What’s the venue for tonight’s performance?
- I love their version of this song.
- We need to give the victim some time to heal.
- She lives her life according to a high moral virtue.
- There’s a visitor at the door to the B&B.
- He’s one of our favorite volunteers.
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Who knew there were so many V-nouns in the universe! See if you can add some veracity, or truthfulness and accuracy, to your next piece of writing with these V-victors. Can you name a V-adjective? “Very” is one of the most overused adjectives in the English language. Check out these 20 Adjectives That Start With V for something a little more victorious.