Beautiful Italian Words

When it comes to Italian, “beautiful” is one of the first words you will learn. Amusingly, there are multiple Italian words for beautiful. Italian is a passionate language and that passion manifests in multiple ways to complement someone or something. Provided below are the six most common Italian words for beautiful.

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Bello

This is the most direct of the many Italian words for beautiful and is the masculine form. Like with many other Italian adjectives, bello’s final syllable changes depending on the gender and number of the noun it is attached to.

  • Bello is the masculine singular form.
  • Belli is the masculine plural form.
  • Bella is the feminine singular form.
  • Belle is the feminine plural form.

If the word comes before the noun,, you use the standard rules for definite articles.

  • Bel is the standard masculine singular form.
  • Bello is masculine singular form when placed before nouns beginning with an s and a consonant, such as “bello sguardo.”
  • Bella stays the feminine singular.
  • Bell’ comes before singular nouns beginning with a vowel such as “bell’abero.”
  • Bei is the standard masculine plural.
  • Begli is the plural version of “bello.”
  • Belle remains the feminine plural.

Note that although bello and bella are Italian words for beautiful, they can also be used to say something is handsome, virtuous, fair and several other positive traits.

Bellisimo

When a normal bella or bello will not suffice, you add an issima or -issimo to the word. This is effectively adding “very” to the context. The plural forms of this adjective are bellissimi and bellissime.

Molto bello

This is yet another way of saying bellissimo that incorporates “molto, meaning “very,” in the front. While bello and bellissimo can come before or after the noun they are attributed to, molto bellow can only come after the subject.

Stupendo

Stupendous is a rather uncommon word to hear in English, yet Italian uses it all the time to describe the beatific.

  • Stupendo is the singular masculine form.
  • Stupendi is the plural masculine form.
  • Stupenda is the singular feminine form.
  • Stupende is the plural feminine form.

Stupendo can also be used to say something is wonderful or splendid.

Meraviglioso

Much like stupendous, marvelous is not a common word to hear being said by an English tongue, yet Italian’s meraviglioso is an incredibly common term to hear. Much like the other examples on this list, simply modify the final letter to a, i, or e to address any feminine or gendered group. Beyond meaning marvelous, meraviglioso can also describe something that is wonderful, or astonishing.

Magnifico

Anyone with at least a passing awareness of cognates can probably guess this word means magnificent. While your average Italian might not use it that often in conversation, magnifico is still an acceptable word for “beautiful.” Much like other Italian adjectives, like stupendo and bello, changing the final letter in magnifico allows you to properly address singular feminine, plural masculine and plural feminine subjects.