120+ Spanish Words That Start with U (with Audio)

In English the letter U has a number of readings—but in Spanish there’s just one: “oo” like in “moon.” Sometimes you might skip pronouncing it, in words like queso  (cheese) and guitarra (guitar). It might also appear in diphthongs, such as in words like bueno  (good).

But when the letter appears at the beginning of a word, you don’t need to guess about how to pronounce it—it’s just “oo.” Compared to other consonants and vowels in Spanish, the letter U is less common at the beginning of words. That just means that you have fewer words to learn here.

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Spanish Nouns That Start with U

Spanish Word (with Audio)English Word
UbicaciónLocation, Position
UbicuidadUbiquity, Omnipresence
UfologíaUfology
UfólogoUfologist
UfomaníaUFO mania
UfotografíaUFO photography
ÚlceraUlcer
ÚltimoLast, Latest
UltrajeOutrage, Affront
UltrasonidoUltrasound
UltrasonografíaUltrasonography
UmbráculoShade, Shelter
UmbralThreshold
UñaFingernail, Claw
UnanimidadUnanimity
UñeroIngrown toenail
UñetaPlectrum, Guitar pick
UnicameralidadUnicameralism
UnicicloUnicycle
UnicidadUniqueness
UnicornoUnicorn
UnidadUnit
UniformeUniform
UnigénitoOnly begotten
UnilateralidadUnilateralism
UniónUnion
UniversidadUniversity
UrracaMagpie
UrbanidadUrbanity, Politeness
UrbanizaciónUrbanization
UrbanoUrban, Urbane
UrbeCity
UrdidorWarper (in weaving)
UrdimbreWarp (in weaving)
UrdirTo warp (in weaving)
UreaUrea
UretraUrethra
UretroscopiaUrethroscopy
UrgenciaEmergency, Urgency
UrinarioUrinary
UrinoterapiaUrine therapy
UrnasBallot boxes
UrogalloCapercaillie (bird)
UroginecólogoUrogynecologist
UrologíaUrology
UrólogoUrologist
UrticariaUrticaria, Hives
UrtigaNettle
UsabilidadUsability
UsanzaCustom
UsoUse
UsuarioUser
UsurpaciónUsurpation, Seizure
UtensilioUtensil
UtensiliosUtensils
ÚteroUterus
ÚtilUseful
UtilidadUtility, Usefulness
UtilizaciónUtilization
UtopíaUtopia
UtopismoUtopianism
UtopistaUtopianist
UvaGrape

If you want to learn more about nouns (and study more of them), here’s a beginner-friendly blog post:

Spanish Verbs That Start with U

Spanish Word (with Audio)English Word
UbicarTo locate, place
UbicarseTo be located
UfananarseTo pride oneself
UlularTo howl, hoot
UnificarTo unify
UnirTo unite
UntarTo spread, smear
UrgirTo press, push
UrinarseTo urinate
UrticarTo sting, urticate
UsarTo use, utilize
UsurearTo wear out
UsurparTo usurp
UtilizarTo use

Learn more about verbs and some common verbs worth remembering here:

Spanish Adjectives That Start with U

Spanish Word (with Audio)English Word
UbicuoUbiquitous
UcranianoUkrainian
ÚltimoLast, final
UltraUltra
UltramarinoOverseas, Ultramarine
UltravioletaUltraviolet
UmbríoShady, shadowy
UnánimeUnanimous
ÚnicoUnique, only
UnidimensionalOne-dimensional
UnidoUnited
UnificadoUnified
UniformeUniform, even
UnilateralUnilateral
UníparoUniparous
UnitarioUnitary
UniversalUniversal
UnívocoUnambiguous, unequivocal
UrálicoUralic
UrbanizadoUrbanized
UrbanoUrban
UrgenteUrgent
ÚricoUric
UroginecológicoUrogynecological
UrológicoUrological
ÚrsidoUrsid, bear family
UrticanteStinging, urticant
UsableUsable
UsualUsual
UsufructuarioUsufructuary
UsurarioUsurious
UterinoUterine
ÚtilUseful
UtilitarioUtilitarian
UtilizableUsable
UtópicoUtopian
UtricularUtricular
UveíticoUveitic
UvularUvular

See more useful adjectives at this post:

Spanish Adverbs That Start with U

Spanish Word (with Audio)English Word
UcualquieraWhichever, any
UfananamenteProudly, proudly
ÚltimamenteLately, recently
UnánimementeUnanimously
ÚnicamenteOnly, solely
UnidamenteUniquely, singly
UniformementeUniformly
UnísonamenteIn unison, together
UniversalmenteUniversally
UnívocamenteUnambiguously
UrgentementeUrgently
UsablementeUsably, in a usable manner
UsualmenteUsually
UterinamenteUterinely
UtópicamenteUtopically
UtricularmenteUtricularly
UvularmenteUvularly

Adverbs are easy to spot in Spanish, thanks to their -mente ending. Check out more information here:

More Spanish Words That Start with U

Spanish Word (w audio)English WordPart of Speech
UnOne, a, anArticle
UnaA, an, oneArticle
UstedYou (formal)Pronoun
UstedesYou all (formal)Pronoun

Learn more about Spanish articles and pronouns here:

Spanish U-Words Quiz: Test Yourself!

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How do you say "unique" in Spanish?
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Which word means "to unite" in Spanish?
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What is the Spanish term for "university"?
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