[ soh-dah-duh ]
/ soʊˈdɑ də /
(in Portuguese folk culture) a deep emotional state of melancholic longing for a person or thing that is absent: the theme of saudade in literature and music.
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Origin of saudade
1910–15; Portuguese: yearning
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