hiraeth

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Welsh[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Brythonic *hiraɨθ, from Proto-Celtic *sīr-axto-, akin to Gaulish siraxta (longing). Compare Cornish hireth and Breton hiraezh.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

hiraeth m (uncountable)

  1. nostalgia, homesickness
  2. longing, wistfulness; an earnest desire
  3. regret

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References[edit]

  • Williams, Robert (1865) , “hiraeth”, in Lexicon Cornu-Britannicum: A Dictionary of the Ancient Celtic Language of Cornwall, in which the Words are elucidated by Copious Examples from the Cornish Works now remaining; With Translations in English, London: Trubner & Co., page 217