nostalgia


nos·tal·gia

noun \nä-ˈstal-jə, nə- also n-, nō-; nə-ˈstäl-\

: pleasure and sadness that is caused by remembering something from the past and wishing that you could experience it again

Full Definition of NOSTALGIA

1
:  the state of being homesick :  homesickness
2
:  a wistful or excessively sentimental yearning for return to or of some past period or irrecoverable condition; also :  something that evokes nostalgia
nos·tal·gic \-jik\ adjective or noun
nos·tal·gi·cal·ly \-ji-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
nos·tal·gist \-jist\ noun

Examples of NOSTALGIA

  1. A wave of nostalgia swept over me when I saw my childhood home.
  2. He was filled with nostalgia for his college days.
  3. To dwell even fitfully on the past, for James, was to risk crippling nostalgia; the past was the shadow side of will and therefore must be rejected. —Jackson Lears, Nation, 26 Feb. 2007

Origin of NOSTALGIA

New Latin, from Greek nostos return home + New Latin -algia; akin to Greek neisthai to return, Old English genesan to survive, Sanskrit nasate he approaches
First Known Use: 1756

Rhymes with NOSTALGIA

nos·tal·gia

noun \nä-ˈstal-jə, nə-, n-; nə-ˈstäl-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of NOSTALGIA

1
: the state of being homesick
2
: a wistful or excessively sentimental sometimes abnormal yearning for return to or of some past period or irrecoverable condition
nos·tal·gic \-jik\ adjective
nos·tal·gi·cal·ly \-ji-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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