From Proto-Brythonic *hiraɨθ, from Proto-Celtic *sīr-axto-, akin to Gaulish siraxta (“longing”).
hiraeth m (uncountable)
- homesickness for a home to which you cannot return, or for a home which may have never been
- an intense form of longing or nostalgia, wistfulness
- the grief for the lost places of your past
Hiraeth is a difficult word to translate precisely. It, the Cornish hireth and the Breton hiraezh are said to be the only exact equivalents of the Portuguese saudade .
- ^ Williams, Robert (1865), “hiraeth”, in Lexicon Cornu-Britannicum: A Dictionary of the Ancient Celtic Language of Cornwall, in which the Words are elucidated by Copious Examples from the Cornish Works now remaining; With Translations in English, London: Trubner & Co., page 217