Definition of saudade in English:
(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
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- 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.
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