Meaning: The joy of reuniting with someone after a long separation
Etymology: French retrouver + -aille
Pronunciation: ret-roo-vey-ya (the ‘ya’ is not like ‘yeah’. More like ‘yuh’)
Usage in a sentence: “We met for coffee after months, and I can’t describe the retrouvailles.”
This word is largely used in the romantic sense. But it would hold true for any form of reunion. Meeting up with school friends after a long time. Or maybe, in some unfortunate cases, meeting a parent after a long time, because of varied reasons. What matters is that the reunion is happy, and must take place after an exceptionally long time.
If you know me personally, you’d probably agree with this next statement: I hate meeting people, and interacting with them, unless I’m in situation where I’m forced to do so. I rarely take the first step to making a conversation, and I’m always the first to say goodbye. That’s not the case with people who know me really well. But, I run away from acquaintances like a cat runs away from a dog.
So, when I see a friend from really-way-too-long-back, my first instinct would be to look the other way, and pretend nothing happened. If that friend comes over to talk, I’ll speak, grudgingly. If not, my earphones always come to the rescue. Because of this antisocial behaviour, I have rarely experienced retrouvailles, except that one time when my friend pulled me along for a school reunion.
Have you experienced retrouvailles? How do you stay in touch with your long-lost friends? Share in the comments 🙂
Information sourced at Collins Dictionary Online