nostalgia

noun
nos·​tal·​gia | \ nä-ˈstal-jə How to pronounce nostalgia (audio) , 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

nostalgist \ nä-​ˈstal-​jist How to pronounce nostalgist (audio) , 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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Recent Examples on the Web

There’s a nostalgia factor in enjoying the same salty treat on virtually every visit since the 1970s. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "15 must-try foods at Disneyland and Disney California parks this summer," 13 June 2018 Some of that resurgence comes, too, from people who see the 3310 and 8110 not just as a nostalgia trip, but a legitimate chance to disconnect from the always-on lifestyle amid mounting concerns over smartphone addiction. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Inside Nokia’s Super-Fun Feature-Phone Nostalgia Trip," 15 Apr. 2018 First Stage One reason so many people love Christmas is nostalgia. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "First Stage's "A Charlie Brown Christmas" is fun for kids and nostalgic for parents," 7 Dec. 2017 Other notable new things to watch include Beyoncé's iconic thriller Obsessed, as well as the first Spy Kids movie for your regular dose of nostalgia. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Netflix Arrivals April 2019," 19 Mar. 2019 But the two key ingredients for serious collecting are nostalgia and time, and Star Wars hadn't garnered enough of either just yet. Alexander Huls, Popular Mechanics, "The Great Star Wars Heist," 7 Mar. 2019 One thing's for sure: There's no better way to celebrate the holidays than with some nostalgia and Disney magic. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Subway Is Giving Kids Free Tickets to 'Mary Poppins Returns' Movie," 30 Nov. 2018 These speakers from Divoom aim to change that, with a hefty dose of nostalgia and color. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "This Bluetooth Speaker Looks Just Like A Tiny Retro TV," 30 Nov. 2018 Recently, luxury fashion houses have capitalized on millennials’ insatiable appetite for nostalgia. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "A Baguette-Hungry Crowd Celebrated Fendi’s Famous Bag," 8 Feb. 2019

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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 How to pronounce nostalgia (audio) \

Kids Definition of nostalgia

: a longing for something past

nostalgia

noun
nos·​tal·​gia | \ nä-ˈstal-jə, nə-, nȯ-; nə-ˈstäl- How to pronounce nostalgia (audio) \

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 How to pronounce nostalgic (audio) \ adjective
nostalgically \ -​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce nostalgically (audio) \ adverb

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