Nouns That Start With Y

The letter Y is one of three “double-duty” letters that can be used as consonants or vowels. But how many nouns that start with Y can you name? We’ve compiled an extensive list of Y nouns to enrich your vocabulary.


Common Nouns That Start With Y

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The nouns below are the kind you usually find in speech and writing.

  • Yellow: This is the primary chromatic color we associate with sunflowers and warm summer days.
  • Yarn: A cord of twisted fibers or an overly long and convoluted narration. 
  • Yearbook: In academic settings, it is an annual book created to memorialize a graduating class, usually with photographs. In industrial settings, it can be a yearly reference book or manual.
  • Yardstick: An instrument of measurement that is three feet or 0.91 meters long. You can also use this Y noun to describe an established standard adequate for making comparisons.
  • Yogurt / Yoghurt: A creamy, tangy, and nutritious dairy product. You are more likely to see this noun spelled as “yoghurt” in the United Kingdom and Canada.
  • Yuppies: Young and upwardly mobile professionals whose lifestyles revolve around materialism, hedonism, and consumer culture. This social class emerged during the whirlwind 1980s on Wall Street and expanded thereafter.
  • Yesterday: The 24 hours preceding today. This Y non can also be used figuratively to make allusions to a past that is recent enough to not be forgotten.
  • Yawn: An involuntary reflex often triggered by drowsiness, fatigue, or sheer boredom. Some psychologists believe that the contagion effect of a yawn is an unconscious display of empathy.
  • Yolk: The yellow mass of eggs.
  • Youngster: Americans are called youngsters when they are between the ages of 11 is 17 years old. In some cases, this noun can be used for people under 21.
  • Yeast: In baking, a leavening substance. In biology, yeast is any unicellular fungus.
  • Yachtsman: A yacht owner or someone whose nautical skills can be used to operate and keep a yacht.
  • Yell: A loud and energetic vocal utterance to express great emotions or strong opinions. 
  • Yoke: The general usage of this noun describes a connecting piece or system. When speaking about attitudes of power, it represents an oppressive leadership style.

Positive Nouns That Start With Y

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Some words are nicer than others. You can use the following Y-nouns to evoke a more positive tone:

  • Yoga: Ancient discipline that explores the mind-body nexus through physical routines, meditation, and spirituality.
  • Yearning: The feeling of strongly wishing for something that is always out of reach. This is the kind of feeling that emanates from either necessity or desire.
  • Yuletide: The period runs from Christmas Eve to Three Kings Day in Christian societies.
  • Yielder: In a positive context, this noun can describe an individual who can make pleasant concessions. In a negative context, it describes someone who surrenders.
  • Yumminess: How delicious something can taste, smell, or look. A high degree of something being yummy.
  • Yesteryear: It’s the old times and the good old days. It can also refer to just about any time past.
  • Yule: A shortened version of Yuletide. In some cases, mainly when using vintage vocabulary, it is synonymous with Christmas.
  • Young: The opposite of old.

Full List of Nouns That Start With Y 

  • Yoga
  • Yearning 
  • Yuletide
  • Yielder
  • Yumminess 
  • Yesteryear
  • Yule
  • Young
  • Yellow
  • Yarn
  • Yearbook 
  • Yardstick
  • Yogurt / Yoghurt
  • Yuppies
  • Yesterday 
  • Yawn
  • Yolk
  • Youngster
  • Yeast
  • Yachtsman
  • Yell
  • Yoke
  • Yelp 
  • Yucca 
  • Yams 
  • Yacht 
  • Yip 
  • Yen
  • Yogi 
  • Yak 
  • Yarrow 
  • Yankee 
  • Yearling 
  • Yin 
  • Yeomen 
  • Yeti 
  • Yore 
  • Yowl 
  • Yellowfin 
  • Yodeler 
  • Yank 
  • Yap 
  • Yeller 
  • Yuan 
  • Y-axis 
  • Yi
  • Yiddish 
  • Yabby 
  • Yerba 
  • Yonkers 
  • Yuck 
  • Yay 
  • Yellowcake 
  • Yawner 
  • Yard
  • Year
  • Yield
  • Yachtswoman
  • Yucca
  • Yodel
  • Yoke
  • Yew
  • Yelp
  • Yachting
  • Youthfulness
  • Yukata
  • Yawn-inducer
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