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melancholy

adjective uk   /ˈmel.əŋ.kɒl.i/ us    /-kɑː.li/
sad: melancholy autumn days a melancholy piece of music

melancholy

noun [U] uk   /ˈmel.əŋ.kɒl.i/ us    /-kɑː.li/ formal
sadness that lasts for a long period of time, often without any obvious reason
Translations of “melancholy”
in Spanish melancolía…
in French mélancolie…
in German die Melancholie…
in Chinese (Traditional) 憂鬱的,憂傷的…
in Russian унылый, подавленный…
in Turkish üzgün, kederli, keyifsiz…
in Chinese (Simplified) 忧郁的,忧伤的…
in Polish melancholijny…
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