nostalgia

noun
nos·tal·gia | \ nä-ˈstal-jə , nə- also nȯ- , nō- ; nə-ˈstäl- \

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

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Other words from nostalgia

nostalgic \nä-ˈstal-jik, nə- alsonȯ-, nō-; nə-ˈstäl- \ adjective or noun
nostalgically \nä-ˈstal-ji-k(ə-)lē, nə- alsonȯ-, nō-; nə-ˈstäl- \ adverb
nostalgist \nä-ˈstal-jist, nə- alsonȯ-, nō-; nə-ˈstäl- \ noun

Examples of nostalgia in a Sentence

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 My own feelings were that since I'd jettisoned employment, marriage, nostalgia and swampy regret, I was now rightfully a man aquiver with possibility and purpose … —Richard Ford, Independence Day, 1995 … the script is written in advance, around the uplifting themes of our civic religion: reconciliation, patriotism, self-sacrifice, the bond of leader and little guy, nostalgia for what is inevitably called "a simpler time." —Katha Pollitt, Nation, 22 May 1995 Nevertheless, if one understands the nostalgia for war which marked these years of his break with America, it still remains a nostalgia that is empyreal and histrionic. Only once in his career did MacArthur lead as small a body of men as a company—one somehow feels that the idea of MacArthur, even as a boy, in command of anything less than a division verges on the ludicrous … —William Styron, "MacArthur," 8 Oct. 1964, in This Quiet Dust and Other Writings1982 A wave of nostalgia swept over me when I saw my childhood home. He was filled with nostalgia for his college days.
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But this continual metamorphosis also creates a sense of nostalgia. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Octopath Traveler is a modern take on classic Final Fantasy on the Nintendo Switch," 12 July 2018 Perhaps the comfort of nostalgia cannot and should not ever be completely divorced from the realities of its roots, but the way some of us cope is by transferring all those warm memories onto one work and discarding the ugliest bits of the rest. Aisha Harris, New York Times, "How ‘A Different World’ Survived the Downfall of Bill Cosby," 9 July 2018 Pangs of nostalgia hit members of the Chicago sports media who got a Ph. David Haugh, chicagotribune.com, "Jay Cutler, the King of Not Caring, still rules on 'Very Cavallari'," 9 July 2018 Realistic or not, the allure of his message is steeped in the language of nostalgia for a better time — and in a sense of economic nationalism that some fear could reverse important gains of the past 25 years. Azam Ahmed And Paulina Villegas, BostonGlobe.com, "Leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador will be Mexico’s next president," 2 July 2018 Toys and games make up the landscape of Toy Story Land, and create a warm sense of nostalgia for park-goers. Shelley Caran, ajc, "Everything you need to know about Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios," 29 June 2018 Autonomous Partners holds a broad swath of major cryptocurrencies, including Ethereum and Bitcoin, both of which have historical and nostalgia-related significance in the crypto sphere. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Term Sheet - Friday, July 13," 13 July 2018 News that the days were numbered for Chicago’s last Sears spurred a sense of nostalgia in the neighborhood. Lauren Zumbach, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago's last Sears to close for good Sunday," 13 July 2018 Ever feel like nostalgia is breathing down your neck? Ellen Gray, Philly.com, "TV picks: 'Sharp Objects,' 'Handmaid's Tale' season finale, 'Misfits & Monsters' and more," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of nostalgia

1729, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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More Definitions for nostalgia

nostalgia

noun

English Language Learners Definition of nostalgia

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

nostalgia

noun
nos·tal·gia | \ nä-ˈstal-jə \

Kids Definition of nostalgia

: a longing for something past

nostalgia

noun
nos·tal·gia | \ nä-ˈstal-jə, nə-, nȯ-; nə-ˈstäl- \

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

Other words from nostalgia

nostalgic \-jik \ adjective
nostalgically \-ji-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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