A noun is a word class used to name things, animals, places, and people. Knowing the meaning of lots of nouns allows people to communicate their ideas better and clearer. You may also want to read our guidance on descriptive verbs.

Descriptive nouns are similar to nouns used to describe other words in the sentence to add more detail. To see descriptive nouns in action, check out the following examples:

Sarah scored 9/10 on her Maths test this week

  • Noun = Test
  • Descriptive noun = Maths

He adopted a black dog on Saturday

  • Noun = Dog
  • Descriptive noun = Black

When she was out, she visited her favorite bookshop

  • Noun = Shop
  • Descriptive noun = book

Examples of descriptive nouns in sentences

  • She wore a pretty dress.
  • Mom made a batch of almond cookies.
  • Jane did well on her history test.
  • John waited for the early bus.
  • James is a punctual student.

The use of descriptive nouns and words in writing

Using descriptive nouns and vocabulary in your writing adds additional detail and makes sentences much more interesting. n. Whether using descriptive words in poetry or informational writing, there are always opportunities to make sentences more exciting! Great uses of descriptive nouns for your students include:

  • Bring characters and settings to life in a story
  • Help persuade an audience in persuasive writing such as an advertisement.
  • Provide effective instructions in instructional writing and texts.

Describing our world with words: What are descriptive words you can use to describe yourself?

When learning to write using descriptive nouns, it can be really helpful for students to learn how to write about themselves. So, what descriptive nouns can they use to write about themselves?

  • Friendly
  • Loyal
  • Creative
  • Caring
  • Funny
  • Confident
  • Shy
  • Imaginative
  • Thoughtful
  • Honest
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