How do you say “beautiful” in Spanish?
There are many ways to articulate beauty in Spanish.
In this guide, you’ll learn different words you can use to call someone or something beautiful in the language.
Widen your romantic and expressive vocabulary with the list below.
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How to say beautiful in Spanish
Let’s look at the different ways to say something is beautiful (or pretty) in Spanish.
Do some of these adjectives look familiar to you?
1. Bonito / Bonita
Bonito and its feminine equivalent bonita mean “pretty” in English.
If you want to mention that someone is beautiful in Spanish, you can use bonito or bonita (where you can use bonito for masculine nouns and bonita for feminine nouns).
Watch out for alternative meanings; bonito can also mean “well” in Latin America, and this word means “tuna” in culinary contexts.
2. Hermoso / Hermosa
Hermoso or hermosa is a Spanish adjective that means “beautiful”.
If you want to say something is pretty in Spanish, or someone is “beautiful” in Spanish, hermoso and hermosa are useful words.
Hermoso and hermosa can also be translated to English as “handsome” or “gorgeous”.
3. Lindo / Linda
You can use lindo or linda to describe someone cute or pretty.
This Spanish adjective means “beautiful” and is similar to the masculine and feminine adjectives bonito or bonita, so you can use it in similar contexts.
Keep in mind that lindo and linda are adverbs in Latin America that can mean “greatly”, “well”, or “skillfully”.
4. Guapo / Guapa
You can use guapo and guapa to describe someone you think is pretty.
You’ll hear people using this adjective to describe people instead of objects or things.
If you’re in Spain, you’ll hear people greeting you with this Spanish word for beautiful.
They may say hola guapa or hola guapo to say hello to you.
5. Bello / Bella
The adjectives bello or bella both mean beautiful.
You can use them to describe a person, object, location, or item that looks beautiful.
Remember, bello is a masculine adjective that complements masculine nouns, and bella is a feminine adjective that complements feminine nouns.
The adjective radiante is a cognate that translates to English as “radiant” or beautiful.
If you want to say someone is very pretty, you can use radiante.
You can also use this adjective to say something is pretty - its use doesn’t have to be limited to people.
There is no masculine/feminine variation for this Spanish adjective; use radiante for masculine nouns and people and radiante (the same adjective) for feminine nouns and people.
7. Precioso / Preciosa
Use the masculine adjective precioso to describe a masculine noun or person that you think is “gorgeous”.
Likewise, use the feminine adjective preciosa to describe a feminine noun or person that is pretty.
Precioso and preciosa also have other meanings and can refer to “precious” items or things with significant value.
8. Atractivo / Atractiva
You can use atractivo and atractiva in the same way you would use the English cognate “attractive”; it means “beautiful” or “attractive”
You have the option of describing a person with this Spanish adjective or a place or thing that looks charming.
Remember to use atractivo with masculine nouns and atractiva with feminine nouns.
A translation of the Spanish adjective agradable will give you “pleasant” or “nice”.
It connotes beauty in Spanish, and you can use this word to describe locations, people, and objects.
If you use agradable to describe a person, this mostly connotes that they are “pleasant”.
Like radiante, there isn’t a masculine/feminine variation for agradable.
Use agradable for masculine nouns and agradable (the same adjective) for feminine nouns.
10. Mono / Mona
Although you will get “monkey” as a translation for this Spanish adjective (and a couple of other definitions), mono and mona are adjectives that mean “cute” or “cool” in Spanish.
In Spain, mono and mona mean “cute”.
Mono can also mean “jumpsuit” or “dungarees” in European Spanish.
If you go to Spanish-speaking parts of the Caribbean, you’ll hear this word being used to describe debt, and if you go to Latin America, you’ll hear this adjective used about the colour yellow.
11. Bueno / Buena
You may already know that bueno and buena mean “good” in Spanish, but you can also use them to describe beauty in Spanish.
Combine bueno or buena with the verb estás, and you can change the meaning of your sentence to refer to someone very attractive.
For example, you may say to someone estás buena, meaning “you’re attractive” or “you’re hot”.
Be careful - when you use the verb ser to describe someone, you’re saying they have a good character or personality.
So, say eres buena if you want to say someone is “good” and estás buena to say someone is “attractive”.
12. Estupendo / Estupenda
This partial adjectival cognate translates to English as “stupendous”, but you can use it to describe beauty in Spanish.
For example, if you want to say that the weather is perfect, you might say el tiempo está estupendo, meaning “the weather is great” or connoting that “the weather is beautiful”.
If you use estupendo or estupenda to describe a person, this doesn’t translate to “beautiful” in Spanish.
Instead, if you say eres estupendo it means “you are stupendous” or “you are great”.
13. Rico / Rica
Save this Spanish adjective for when you’re in Latin America if you want to say someone or something is pretty in Spanish.
In Latin America, rico or rica connotes beauty and suggests that someone is cute.
Rico and rica are words that can mean “rich” in Spanish-speaking countries and refer to a wealthy person or delicious food.
14. Majo / Maja
Majo or maja are two colloquial adjectives that mean good-looking or attractive in European Spanish.
For example, if you want to describe an attractive man, use majo.
If you want to describe an attractive woman, use maja.
Majo and maja can also mean “nice”.
For example, if you want to say that someone’s chalet is nice, you can say es un chalet majísimo.
Adorable is a cognate adjective that means “adorable” in English. You can use this Spanish adjective to refer to a cute, beautiful and good-looking person, in the same way that you would use “adorable” in English.
Adorable doesn’t have a masculine and feminine variation.
You should use adorable when describing a good-looking man and adorable when describing a beautiful woman.
16. Delicioso / Deliciosa
You can use delicioso to describe a charming person in Spanish.
Remember to use delicioso when describing a man, and deliciosa when describing a woman.
Also, keep in mind that delicioso and deliciosa are adjectives you can use to describe types of food as well, as these adjectives can mean “delicious”.
Adjectives for beautiful: Grammar rules to keep in mind
Now that I’ve shared the list of adjectives for beautiful, there are a couple of rules to remember when modifying adjectives in Spanish, which include gender, number, and effusive modifications.
Gender modifications for Spanish adjectives
Let’s consider gender.
If you’re describing a masculine noun, match it with an adjective that takes a masculine form.
For example, if you’re saying a house is beautiful, consider that “house” in Spanish is a feminine noun.
If you’re saying an apartment is beautiful, consider that “apartment” in Spanish is masculine.
You can then accurately describe these things using the right adjective: la casa es bonita, el apartamento es bonito.
Number modifications for Spanish adjectives
Let’s say you’re describing more than one apartment.
In that case, it’s important to use the plural form of the noun apartamentos and the plural form of the adjective you’re using to describe them.
You can then form a sentence like the following: los apartamentos son bonitos.
Effusive modifications for Spanish adjectives
If you’re trying to be effusive or want to emphasise your description, you can add -ísimo or -ísima to the end of the adjective.
Use ísima if you want to modify a feminine adjective, and ísimo if you want to modify a masculine adjective.
Say something is beautiful in Spanish
Why is it crucial to learn how to describe beauty in Spanish?
Aside from telling someone that something is beautiful in Spanish and using a variety of descriptors that match the situation, you can also give someone praise by telling them they are beautiful.
It’s a good idea to learn to describe beauty in Spanish to make friends and give someone a nice compliment.
As you can notice, there are several ways to say something is beautiful in Spanish, and the best way to remember these words is to use them.
Practice as much as you can to remember these words and brighten someone’s day.
Say someone or something is beautiful in Spanish, and start noticing how many words you begin to remember!
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