Words starting with U

Words that start with U

List of things that start with the letter U.

Upside-down unicorns under an ultramarine umbrella.

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Adjectives that start with UAdjectives
Verbs that start with UVerbs
Countries that start with UCountries
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Unicorn

Photo of a unicorn.
Photo by Rachel Kramer
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A unicorn is a mythical creature that resembles a white horse with a horn in the center of its forehead. Unicorns were said to have many powers, such as being able to cure disease and purify water.
It is said that unicorns could only be captured by a virgin.

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Unicycle

Photo of a man riding a unicycle
Photo by Ed Uthman
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A unicycle is a bicycle with only one wheel. The "uni" at the start of the word means one, just like the "bi" on bicycle means two, and the "tri" on tricycle means three.
Because unicycles only have one wheel they are hard to ride and hard to steer, and they are not seen very often outside of circuses.

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Uniform

Photo of a woman wearing a naval uniform
Photo by Andrew King
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Something is uniform if it is the same everywhere. A wall that is all one color might be described as being a uniform shade of green.
A uniform is also the name given to the clothing all people in an organisation have to wear so they all look similar. People in the military wear uniforms, and many schools require that children wear uniforms.
Uniforms for men and women are often quite different, even in the same organisation.

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Unique

Something is unique if there is nothing else like it. When something is unique, there is only one thing of its kind.

Photo of the UAE flag
Photo by Bryan Allison
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The United Arab Emirates is a country on the Arabian peninsula in western Asia. The capital of the United Arab Emirates is Abu Dhabi and the largest city is Dubai. People in the United Arab Emirates speak Arabic.

The United Kingdom is a country in Europe that is also called Britain. The capital of the United Kingdom is London.

The United States of America has the largest economy in the world. It is made up of fifty states and one district. The capital of the United States of America is Washington DC and the largest city is New York City.
You might also be interested in the list of the American states.

Photo of a university campus
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A university is a place where people go, usually after finishing school, to learn more about something so they can get a job. Universities give you a degree or some other certification when you have finished learning. In some countries, a place where you go for other kinds of tertiary education is known by other names, like a college or a techical school.

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Unkempt

Photo of an unkempt man
Photo by David Tansey
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Someone is unkempt if they haven't paid attention to their personal hygiene and grooming, and look very scruffy. Something like a garden is unkempt if it has been unmaintained and left to get overgrown.

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Unload

You unload something when you take the load or cargo out from inside it. The truck in the picture is unloading a pile of dirt.