from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An impassioned outcry, as of entreaty or protest.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An impassioned outcry, appeal, protest or entreaty.
French cri de cœur : cri, cry + de, of + cœur, heart.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French meaning approximately "a cry from the heart" (Wiktionary)