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Hiraeth (Welsh pronunciation: [hɪraɨ̯θ, hiːrai̯θ][1]) is a Welsh word for homesickness or nostalgia, an earnest longing or desire, or a sense of regret. The feeling of longing for a home that never was. A deep and irrational bond felt with a time, era, place or person. The Cornish and Breton equivalents are "hireth"[2] and "hiraezh". The word is from a Proto-Celtic *sīraxto-, cognate with Old Irish sírecht.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "How to pronounce hiraeth". geiriadur.net.
  2. ^ "Gerlyver Kernewek |". www.cornishdictionary.org.uk.


  • 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., p. 217

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