Definition of tristesse in English:

tristesse

Syllabification: tris·tesse
Pronunciation: /trēˈstes
 
/

noun

literary
  • A state of melancholy sadness.
    More example sentences
    • They knew that satiation wasn't succeeded by tristesse, it was itself, immediately, tristesse.
    • But here more than anywhere I remember lost times, lost chances, lost friends, with the sweet tristesse that is onomatopoeic to the place.
    • And they specialize in a sort of ceremonial tristesse that colors their writing with wan accents of pain, grief, mourning and death.

Origin

French.

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