Noun. From French.
“The happiness felt when you see someone that you haven’t seen for a long time”
The French always have the best words when it comes to love and affection. Okay, yesterday’s post was pretty love-filled, but it had it’s somewhat morbid side, too!
Retrouvailles closest meaning in English, as far as I can tell, would be the phrase ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder, which in turn came from a Roman poet, Sextus Propertius, who said ‘Always toward absent lovers love’s tide stronger flows.’
Interestingly, many French dictionaries only see this word as some kind of reunion, or to a more American extent, a ‘homecoming.’ The feeling of happiness that ensues is either implicit, or something that has been added outside of the French language.