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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Recent Examples on the Web

These games, after all, are all about the nostalgia of outdoor hockey played a century ago on frozen Canadian ponds. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Outdoor NHL game in Seattle? As good a chance as the new team being named ‘Kraken’," 14 Jan. 2019 These themes highlight the trends that led the world of gadgets this year, as nostalgia continues to influence products while simultaneously being a reflection of our bleak times. Dami Lee, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Gadgets," 30 Dec. 2018 My Brilliant Friend is warm and nostalgic, sure, but also never afraid to complicate its warmth and nostalgia with a bitter dose of reality. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The 7 best TV shows of 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 And Kiernan’s post was just the beginning of the nostalgia-fest. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Kiernan Shipka, Ross Lynch, and More "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Stars Post Emotional Tributes to the Series," 23 Dec. 2018 Nintendo appears to be getting out of the nostalgia device market just as its competitions decided to follow suit. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Christmas May Be Your Last Chance to Get a NES or SNES Classic," 14 Dec. 2018 Treehouse architecture is both fascinating and whimsical, a harkening to the joys and nostalgia of childhood. Megan Barber, Curbed, "You can buy this tiny treehouse shaped like a pinecone," 11 Dec. 2018 This holiday season, venture to the southernmost tip of the Jersey Shore to explore the seaside town of Cape May for a sense of magical holiday nostalgia. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, "T&C Travel Guide: Winter In Cape May, New Jersey," 10 Dec. 2018 Home Sweet Farm Market & Biergarten This farmers' market–biergarten hybrid hits hard in the nostalgia department. Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from Houston," 12 Oct. 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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