How do you say GOOD in Italian?

How do you say good in Italian?

In this lesson, we will explore various words to express goodness in Italian. Keep reading to discover everything you need to know!


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Good in Italian


Buono is how you translate good into Italian. Let’s hear how this adjective sounds.

Its pronunciation is similar to BWOH-noh and it comes from the Latin word bonus, meaning “good”. Make sure the final -o has a clean sound, because Italian vowel sounds are clean!


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Like all other adjectives in Italian, buono needs to match the gender and number of the noun.


If an ice cream is good, you will say buono because ice cream, gelato, is a masculine noun in Italian.

Likewise, if you’re talking about a good pizza, pizza, which is a feminine noun, you will say buona.

Plural nouns behave the same way: if you want to describe a group of good ice creams, gelati (masculine plural), use buoni. If you’re talking about some good pizzas, pizze (feminine plural), use buone instead.

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For example, you could say…

La pizza è davvero buona in questo ristorante.
The pizza is really good in this restaurant.

La tua idea è buona, dobbiamo provarla.
Your idea is good, we should try it.

Ho ricevuto dei buoni consigli per migliorare il mio sito web.
I received some good advice to improve my website.

Questo caffè è proprio buono. Ne vuoi un po’?
This coffee is really good. Do you want some?

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Oftentimes, you can shorten buono to buon in front of most masculine nouns. Nouns that use the article lo use buono (s + consonant, z, x, gn), with some exceptions such as buon stipendio, “good salary”. Note that you always use buono if the adjective comes after the noun.

Buon lavoro
Good work

Buono studente
Good student

Other translations for good in Italian

There are some synonyms you can use instead of buono. The most common are…

Good, competent (people)


For example, you can say…

I miei genitori sono brave persone.
My parents are good people.

Quali sono gli studenti più bravi della classe?
Which students are the best in the class?

You can also say valido.

Good, valid


For example, you can say…

Maurizio è un lavoratore molto valido.
Maurizio is a very good worker.

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Finally, you can translate good as bello, which is shortened to bel in front of nouns beginning with s + consonant, z, x, gn, ps and pn. Bello can also translate “nice”.



For example, you can say…

Oggi è una bella giornata.
Today is a good day.

Ho visto un bel film ieri sera.
I saw a good movie last night.

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Greetings with buono in Italian

Good is also used in some Italian greetings, for example:

Good morning, good day

Buon pomeriggio
Good afternoon

Good evening

Good night

boy sleeping soundly

Good in Italian as a noun and adverb

Depending on the context, good in Italian can also be translated as bene, which can act both as a noun (il bene) and an adverb. For example, you can say:

Il bene trionferà sul male.
Good will triumph over evil.

Bene! Partiremo domani all’alba.
Good! We will leave tomorrow at dawn.

And that’s the end of our lesson on how to say good in Italian!

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