Meaning of saudade in English:


Pronunciation /saʊˈdɑːdə/


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’
    • ‘yearnings, saudades, those sonorous fruits grown for overripe hearts’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When in one country, he could experience saudade, or a longing nostalgia, for the other.’
    • ‘A predominant theme in both literature and music is saudade, a sense of longing or homesickness, usually the result of emigration and the ensuing separation of families.’