hiraeth

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Welsh[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Celtic *sīr-axto-, akin to Gaulish siraxta ‎(longing).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

hiraeth m (uncountable)

  1. homesickness
  2. an intense form of longing or nostalgia

Related terms[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

Hiraeth is a difficult word to translate precisely. It and the Cornish hireth are said to be the only exact equivalents of the Portuguese saudade [1].

References[edit]

  1. ^ Williams, Robert. Lexicon Cornu-britannicum. pg.217