September 30, 2022 by Michelle Margaret Fajkus Spanish Vocabulary 0 comments
If you want to be an authentic, romantic Spanish speaker, knowing how to say “you’re beautiful” in Spanish is key.
Languages reflect cultures in which they’re spoken, and Latin America is truly a land of warm, friendly, and affectionate gente (people). In Cali, Colombia, for example, people on the street will smile and say things like “hola, mami” and “chao, papi” as a casual greeting to passersby.
Learning the Spanish words for “beautiful” empowers you to lavish praise on someone or something. “Beautiful” is a positive and potent word to describe a person, and having plenty of words for “beautiful” in your toolkit makes it easy to give compliments.
The most common translation for beautiful in Spanish is bonito/a, but myriad synonyms exist, which we’ll explore in this article, along with tips on sentence structure and grammar to help you sound like a native speaker.
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14 Synonyms for “Beautiful” in Spanish—and How to Use Them
How do you say “beautiful” in Spanish? The language has loads of words that mean “beautiful” or refer to a similar concept. Because there are so many options, deciding which word to use in which context is a bit tricky. Luckily, this section provides you with a handy cheat sheet of three-sentence structure formulas into which you can insert a word that means “beautiful” in Spanish.
Eres + adjective
Tienes + noun + adjective
Tienes ojos lindos.
You have beautiful eyes.
Tienes pelo divino.
You have beautiful hair.
Tienes piernas maravillosas.
You have beautiful legs.
Me encanta tu/tus + noun + adjective
Me encantan tus manos preciosas.
I love your beautiful hands.
Me encanta tu cara guapa.
I love your beautiful face.
Me encantan tus bonitas pestañas.
I love your beautiful eyelashes.
Are you blushing yet? Keep reading for 14 synonyms for “beautiful” in Spanish, along with their nuanced meanings and more example sentences.
Pro Tip: Although you can use both ser and estar with the following adjectives, these two “to be” verbs have different meanings in Spanish. For example, estar guapa means that a woman looks pretty at that moment, whereas ser guapa means that she is always pretty.
In English, this word translates to “beautiful,” “pretty,” or “lovely.” Bonito/a is widely used in Spanish-speaking countries, and it’s generally a loving word.
¡Qué bonito eres!
How lovely you are!
Guapo/a is the direct translation of “good-looking,” “beautiful,” or “handsome.” Although it may be flattering to be called guapo or guapa, many people don’t consider this word to be particularly romantic.
In some regions of Spain, guapo/a is more general. In addition to meaning “attractive” when describing a person, it can mean “cool” or “awesome.” In other places, guapo/a means “brave” or “bold.” In parts of Latin America, it can refer to a bully or braggart. In Puerto Rican Spanish, calling a man guapo could even cause a fight.
You do hear women being called guapa, but it’s more common to hear them being called bonita. In contrast, men are more likely to be called guapo than bonito.
¡Qué guapa está Anita!
How beautiful Anita is!
¡Qué guapo te ves!
You look very handsome!
3. Bello/a – Beautiful
Bello/a means “beautiful” or “lovely.” It’s a bit formal, especially in Spain Spanish (Castellano). A closely related noun is la belleza, which means “beauty.” This is a romantic and common word to call a person “beautiful” in Spanish.
¡Te ves muy bella!
You look very pretty!
Eres una chica bella.
You’re a beautiful girl.
4. Lindo/a – Lovely
Lindo/a is more common in Latin America than in Spain. Like bonito/a, it means “beautiful,” “pretty,” “lovely,” or “sweet.”
It usually doesn’t have a romantic connotation. You could use lindo/a with your friends, and it wouldn’t necessarily mean you want to date them.
¡Que lindo eres!
How lovely you are!
Estás muy linda.
You’re very pretty.
5. Bueno/a – Good-looking
Bueno/a is one of the most common words in the Spanish language. It typically means “good,” as in moral, virtuous, and correct. However, it can also mean “good-looking” or “attractive.”
This usage is well known in all Spanish-speaking countries.
Karla, estás muy buena.
Karla, you are so good-looking.
6. Hermoso/a – Gorgeous
The translations of hermoso/a include “beautiful,” “gorgeous,” and “nice.” La hermosura is a noun that means “beauty.”
In some countries, this word might be considered a bit formal. For a romantic gentleman (or woman), this word is ideal.
Tienes ojos hermosos.
You have gorgeous eyes.
8. Atractivo/a – Attractive
Atractivo/a is a cognate (a word that’s similar to the English) that means “attractive” and expresses physical interest.
Te ves muy atractiva.
You look very attractive.
Eres muy atractiva.
You are so attractive.
9. Radiante – Radiant
Another cognate – radiante means “radiant” or “beaming.” It’s not limited to describing people. Un día radiante means “a radiant/beautiful day.”
Me encanta tu energía radiante.
I love your radiant energy.
10. Precioso/a – Gorgeous or Lovely
Precioso/a means “precious,” “gorgeous,” or “lovely.” A diamante (diamond) is a piedra preciosa (precious stone). Many people use this word to flirt.
11. Chulo/a – Cute
In some Spanish-speaking countries, chulo/a is another way to say “cute” or “pretty.” Although it can be similar to the Spanish word lindo/a, chulo/a also expresses that a girl is beautiful.
¡Que chula eres!
How cute you are!
12. Mono/a – Pretty
Mono/a is a word with many meanings. As a noun, el mono means monkey—but it’s actually not offensive to call a person mono/a. When used as an adjective, it means “pretty” or “cute.”
Be careful not to confuse it with moño, which means “ribbon” or “bow.”
Mono/a means that the girl not only is physically beautiful but also has a nice personality.
Conocí a un chico muy mono.
I met a very cute guy.
Eres super mona.
You are super cute.
13. Deslumbrante – Stunning or Dazzling
Deslumbrante is the Spanish word for “stunning” or “dazzling” that is used in all Spanish-speaking countries. It’s a formal word that many young Spanish speakers don’t often say. However, it’s a polite and unique way to compliment someone.
Paola está deslumbrante hoy.
Paola is dazzling today.
Te ves deslumbrante.
You look stunning.
14. Divino/a – Divine
This word is the direct translation of “divine.” Like in English, in Spanish, divino/a is reserved for especially beautiful people (or situations).
You are divine.
Andrea se ve divina.
Andrea looks divine.
See also: 100 Spanish Describing Words: Adjectives for People, Places, and Things
Using Adjectives to Add Emphasis
Most of these adjectives can refer to both people and other things (as in animals, places, items, or ideas). The exception is guapo/a, which is typically used exclusively to describe a person.
Review the following 4 guidelines to use Spanish adjectives appropriately and to add emphasis to your expression of someone’s beauty.
In Spanish, the adjective adapts to the gender and number of the noun. While in English, you always have just “beautiful” as the adjective, in Spanish you have four different versions of the same adjective. For example:
In fact, the entire sentence structure depends on the number and gender of the noun, so mastering that part first is key before tackling adjectives.
The word muy in Spanish means “very” or “so.” Therefore, including muy before an adjective adds emphasis to the describing word.
Te ves muy chula hoy.
You’re looking very cute today.
Eres muy linda.
You’re so beautiful.
The suffix -ísimo/a works with certain adjectives to achieve the same goal.
Mi novio es guapísimo.
My boyfriend is very handsome.
Tienes una boca bellísima.
You have a very beautiful mouth.
You’re very good-looking.
For the superlatives in Spanish, we have two forms with several variations. The formula is:
el/la/los/las + ser + más + adjective
Eres la mujer más bella de la clase.
You’re the most beautiful woman in the class.
Eres el más guapo del equipo de fútbol.
You’re the most attractive one on the soccer team.
Tienes los ojos más hermosos que he visto.
You have the most beautiful eyes I’ve ever seen.
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Michelle Margaret Fajkus is a bilingual writer and longtime yoga teacher. A former advertising copywriter turned bilingual elementary school teacher, she is now a freelance writer, editor and translator. A native Texan, Michelle has Mexican roots and learned Spanish in middle and high school. She has become more fluent thanks to living as an expat in Guatemala. She lives with her family on beautiful Lake Atitlan.
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