I recently learned of a website posting what were supposed to be the 100 most beautiful words in the English language. Evidently this was just a re-posting of a list that has been circulated over the years. You can see the list yourself at the website where I found it:
http://deshoda.com/words/100-most-beautiful-words-in-the-english-language

I thought the list included lots of very fine words, but overlooked some of my personal favorites. The website included a box allowing readers to respond with their comments and quite a few people had responded endorsing favorite words that were on the list or suggesting words they thought should have been on it. So I jumped in and added a comment with my favorites. Over the subsequent weeks, the web page has sent me an e-mail when others posted to the list. I decided to go through the postings and compile the additional words that people had nominated as beautiful. My compilation is below.

Some people gave explanations or definitions with their words. Some nominated short, simple words, but many more nominated exotic words. Some people argued about why there were so many words derived from French. Some people offered words with beautiful meanings, whereas some suggested words with rather ugly meanings but which sounded lovely -- or are just plain fun to say. I knew most of the nominated words, but I had to look up a few.

I did leave a few words off my compiled list. People who greedily nominated a lengthy slate of words may not see all their nominees on the compilation. I also dinged words that aren’t in the standard online dictionaries, at least not yet. (I used “OneLook” Dictionary Search, http://www.onelook.com/. This is a “metadictionary” that scans the internet and offers links to as many dictionaries as it can find that include the word.) If you have a favorite word that’s not in the original 100 and not in my compilation, head on over to the Deshoda website listed above and jump in the fray!
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  • 1. Acquiesce
  • 2. Admonish
    . 3. Adoration
    . 4. Aesthetics
    . 5. Alabaster
    . 6. Alliteration
    . 7. Aloof
    . 8. Ambiance
    . 9. Ambient
    . 10. Apocryphal
    . 11. Apt
    . 12. Arabesque
    . 13. Amalgam
    . 14. Ameliorate
    . 15. Anathema
    . 16. Authenticity
    . 17. Avarice
    . 18. Azure
    . 19. Azalea
    . 20. Bamboozle
    . 21. Bang
    . 22. Barometric
    . 23. Beaver
    . 24. Beleaguer
    . 25. Bereft
    . 26. Billowy
    . 27. Biscuit
    . 28. Bittersweet
    . 29. Bludgeon
    . 30. Bonhomie
    . 31. Bourgeoisie
    . 32. Buoyant
    . 33. Breath
    . 34. Calliope
    . 35. Callipygian
    . 36. Camaraderie
    . 37. Candor
    . 38. Capricious
    . 39. Capsule
    . 40. Cataclysm
    . 41. Cathartic
    . 42. Cathedral
    . 43. Celadon
    . 44. Cellar-door
    . 45. Cellophane
    . 46. Centralia
    . 47. Cerulean
    . 48. Chlamydia
    . 49. Chthonic
    . 50. Cinnabar
    . 51. Circumlocution
    . 52. Clairvoyant
    . 53. Cleave
    . 54. Clemency
    . 55. Click
    . 56. Coalesce
    . 57. Collapse
    . 58. Concupiscence
    . 59. Corrosive
    . 60. Crepuscular
    . 61. Crestfallen
    . 62. Cuspidor
    . 63. Dauntless
    . 64. Defenestrate
    . 65. Delectable
    . 66. Deliquesce
    . 67. Deluge
    . 68. Destiny
    . 69. Devotion
    . 70. Diarrhea
    . 71. Didgeridoo
    . 72. Diminish
    . 73. Dirigible
    . 74. Discombobulate
    . 75. Discordant
    . 76. Disingenuous
    . 77. Dresden
    . 78. Dysphoria
    . 79. Ebullient
    . 80. Eclectic
    . 81. Efface
    . 82. Effluence
    . 83. Elvin
    . 84. Embrace
    . 85. Ennui
    . 86. Envoy
    . 87. Envy
    . 88. Equinox
    . 89. Ermine
    . 90. Esoteric
    . 91. Essence
    . 92. Eviscerate
    . 93. Exquisite
    . 94. Facetious
    . 95. Fecundity
    . 96. Fetching
    . 97. Filigree
    . 98. Filth
    . 99. Fissure
    . 100. Flabbergasted
    . 101. Flagrant
    . 102. Flamboyant
    . 103. Flamingo
    . 104. Fleeting
    . 105. Flotsam
    . 106. Flummoxed
    . 107. Fortuitous
    . 108. Fractious
    . 109. Frisson
    . 110. Gesticulate
    . 111. Glee
    . 112. Glockenspiel
    . 113. Goo
    . 114. Grace
    . 115. Gracious
    . 116. Gradual
    . 117. Grief
    . 118. Haberdashery
    . 119. Hallelujah
    . 120. Hamburger
    . 121. Harbinger
    . 122. Heliotropic
    . 123. Helix
    . 124. Heritage
    . 125. Hillbilly
    . 126. Hoodwink
    . 127. Honesty
    . 128. Hoyden
    . 129. Hubris
    . 130. Hypnogogic
    . 131. Impede
    . 132. Impervious
    . 133. Impromptu
    . 134. Indubitably
    . 135. Incantation
    . 136. Incendiary
    . 137. Inkling
    . 138. Iridescent
    . 139. Jejune
    . 140. Jelly
    . 141. Jingoistic
    . 142. Jonquil
    . 143. Judicious
    . 144. Joyous
    . 145. Jubilee
    . 146. Kaleidoscope
    . 147. Kerfuffle
    . 148. Kind
    . 149. Kindhearted
    . 150. Kinetic
    . 151. Lambast
    . 152. Languid
    . 153. Lascivious
    . 154. Lavender
    . 155. Legerdemain
    . 156. Lachrymose
    . 157. Lackadaisical
    . 158. Legacy
    . 159. Loquacious
    . 160. Lothario
    . 161. Louche
    . 162. Lugubrious
    . 163. Lullaby
    . 164. Luxuriate
    . 165. Malicious
    . 166. Mariner
    . 167. Marmalade
    . 168. Maneuver
    . 169. Maudlin
    . 170. Melancholy
    . 171. Mercurial
    . 172. Miasma
    . 173. Milliner
    . 174. Mist
    . 175. Mnemonic
    . 176. Moist
    . 177. Moonlight
    . 178. Morbid
    . 179. Morose
    . 180. Murmur
    . 181. Nefarious
    . 182. Noctilucent
    . 183. Nonchalance
    . 184. Nuance
    . 185. Oblique
    . 186. Obsequious
    . 187. Onyx
    . 188. Ooze
    . 189. Opium
    . 190. Opulent
    . 191. Parlance
    . 192. Patience
    . 193. Peripeteia
    . 194. Periwinkle
    . 195. Perspicacious
    . 196. Phantasmagoric
    . 197. Philanderer
    . 198. Piety
    . 199. Pimlico
    . 200. Pipistrelle
    . 201. Placid
    . 202. Ponder
    . 203. Porridge
    . 204. Primordial
    . 205. Proboscis
    . 206. Pure
    . 207. Push
    . 208. Quagmire
    . 209. Quaquaversal
    . 210. Quatrefoil
    . 211. Querulous
    . 212. Quiver
    . 213. Rapscallion
    . 214. Recalcitrance
    . 215. Recondite
    . 216. Recrudescence
    . 217. Relish
    . 218. Reminiscent
    . 219. Render
    . 220. Rendezvous
    . 221. Requiem
    . 222. Resplendence
    . 223. Resonance
    . 224. Reticent
    . 225. Reverie
    . 226. Rhetoric
    . 227. Rotund
    . 228. Saccharine
    . 229. Sage
    . 230. Salacious
    . 231. Sanctuary
    . 232. Scintillating
    . 233. Scruples
    . 234. Sepulchral
    . 235. Serenity
    . 236. Sesquipedalian
    . 237. Schadenfreude
    . 238. Scum
    . 239. Shell
    . 240. Shenandoah
    . 241. Shibboleth
    . 242. Shrewd
    . 243. Shuck
    . 244. Silly
    . 245. Silo
    . 246. Simulacrum
    . 247. Sinuous
    . 248. Slipshod
    . 249. Snuggle
    . 250. Soliloquy
    . 251. Solstice
    . 252. Sorrow
    . 253. Specificity
    . 254. Spindrift
    . 255. Spit
    . 256. Squish
    . 257. Stellar
    . 258. Stench
    . 259. Strawberry
    . 260. Strumpet
    . 261. Stumble
    . 262. Sublime
    . 263. Subtle
    . 264. Succour
    . 265. Summer-afternoon
    . 266. Supercilious
    . 267. Superfluous
    . 268. Surreal
    . 269. Synchronicity
    . 270. Syzygy
    . 271. Tabernacle
    . 272. Tectonic
    . 273. Telemetry
    . 274. Terpsichorean
    . 275. Tranquility
    . 276. Transmogrify
    . 277. Trifecta
    . 278. Triumphant
    . 279. Troika
    . 280. Trollop
    . 281. Twilight
    . 282. Unctuous
    . 283. Undulation
    . 284. Usurped
    . 285. Vast
    . 286. Velocity
    . 287. Velvet
    . 288. Venerable
    . 289. Vermillion
    . 290. Vespertine
    . 291. Vestibule
    . 292. Vitriol
    . 293. Voluptuous
    . 294. Vulva
    . 295. Waft
    . 296. Wanderlust
    . 297. Wench
    . 298. Whimsy
    . 299. Whisper
    . 300. Wisteria
    . 301. Wondrous
    . 302. Zephyr
  • 303. Zinnia