Definition of tendresse in English:

tendresse

(also tendre)

noun

  • A feeling of fondness or love.

    ‘the local grande dame for whom George had a tendresse’
    • ‘She has always had a certain tendresse for Carlo.’
    • ‘His tendresse for her has a fierce and unexpected sweetness.’
    • ‘She looked so stricken at the thought of her cousin having a tendre for her.’
    • ‘It is these old men in their restrained conviviality for whom she has a particular tendresse.’
    • ‘He has an unspoken tendresse for a young woman on the team.’
    • ‘She has a tendresse for a handsome but lowly young blacksmith.’
    • ‘It's the older woman he has his eye on, having nursed a long and gallant tendresse for her all the while he's been away.’

Origin

French.

Pronunciation

tendresse

/tɒ̃ˈdrɛs/