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-​ also  nȯ-​, nō-​ ; nə-​ˈstäl-​ \ adjective or noun
nostalgically \ nä-​ˈstal-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē , nə-​ also  nȯ-​, nō-​ ; nə-​ˈstäl-​ \ adverb
nostalgist \ nä-​ˈstal-​jist , nə-​ also  nȯ-​, 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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Crosley is known more for affordable nostalgia than audio performance and this subpar speaker won’t improve that reputation. Paul Schrodt, WSJ, "A New Way to Blast Your Old Mixtapes," 18 Dec. 2018 You will be drawn to people who remind you of the past, but nostalgia isn’t always a good thing. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What October's Sagittarius Horoscope Means for You," 30 Sep. 2018 For all its nostalgia, the album behind the tour also testifies to where Perry stands now. Franklin Soults, BostonGlobe.com, "Back from the brink, Joe Perry rediscovers the joy of playing," 11 Apr. 2018 Celebrating the show's anniversary on September 30, Debby posted a series of tweets with nostalgia-inducing photos and memories. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "Debby Ryan Just Made "Jessie" Fans' Hearts Explode on the Show's Anniversary," 2 Oct. 2017 Bolsonaro has expressed nostalgia for the 1964-1985 military dictatorship, has been repeatedly fined for offensive comments and has made cracking down on crime a centerpiece of his campaign. Sarah Dilorenzo, Fox News, "A look at top candidates in Brazil's presidential race," 7 Sep. 2018 Bolsonaro has expressed nostalgia for the 1964-1985 military dictatorship, has been repeatedly fined for offensive comments, and has made cracking down on crime a centerpiece of his campaign. Sarah Dilorenzo, The Seattle Times, "A look at the leading candidates for Brazil’s presidency," 20 Aug. 2018 There's a Facebook group for just about every interest under the sun: Communities based on childhood nostalgia, cutting coupons, and breaking world records have racked up thousands of followers who come together to chat and share ideas. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Facebook Is Testing a New Program That Will Charge for Access to Certain Groups," 21 June 2018 Ariana Grande, the reigning queen of celebrity impressions and, uh, just about everything else, has truly taken her vocal prowess to the next level, and infused it with a heavy dose of nostalgia to boot. Brianna Wiest, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande and James Corden Made a "Titanic" Musical With Songs by One Direction and Ed Sheeran," 14 Aug. 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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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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