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saudade

Line breaks: sau|dade
Pronunciation: /saʊˈdɑːdə
 
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Definition of saudade in English:

noun

[mass noun]
(Especially with reference to songs or poetry) a feeling of longing, melancholy, or nostalgia that is supposedly characteristic of the Portuguese or Brazilian temperament: her songs are based on love poems and evoke a melancholy known to the Portuguese as saudade [count noun]: yearnings, saudades, those sonorous fruits grown for overripe hearts
More example sentences
  • These plaintive songs reflect the fatalistic Portuguese spirit of melancholy and nostalgia known as saudade.
  • Anyone familiar with that timeless Portuguese emotion known as saudade will detect a similar sense of longing and nostalgia in the sevdah tradition of the Sarajevo-born singer Amira.
  • When you combine this melancholic sound, which the Portuguese call saudade, with African music, the result is extremely touching and sad, but beautiful at the same time.

Origin

Portuguese.

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