nostalgia

noun nos·tal·gia \ nä-ˈstal-jə , nə- also nȯ- , nō- ; nə-ˈstäl- \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

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

nostalgic

play \nä-ˈstal-jik, nə- also nȯ-, nō-; nə-ˈstäl-\ adjective or noun

nostalgically

play \nä-ˈstal-ji-k(ə-)lē, nə- also nȯ-, nō-; nə-ˈstäl-\ adverb

nostalgist

play \nä-ˈstal-jist, nə- also nȯ-, nō-; nə-ˈstäl-\ noun

Examples of nostalgia in a Sentence

  1. 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 LearsNation26 Feb. 2007
  2. 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 FordIndependence Day1995
  3. … 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 PollittNation22 May 1995
  4. 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
  5. A wave of nostalgia swept over me when I saw my childhood home.

  6. He was filled with nostalgia for his college days.

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Origin and Etymology 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

NOSTALGIA Defined for English Language Learners

nostalgia

noun

Definition of nostalgia for English Language Learners

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


NOSTALGIA Defined for Kids

nostalgia

noun nos·tal·gia \ nä-ˈstal-jə \

Definition of nostalgia for Students

:a longing for something past

Medical Dictionary

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

nostalgic

play \-jik\ adjective

nostalgically

play \-ji-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


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