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nostalgic

adjective nos·tal·gic \ nä-ˈstal-jik , nə- also nȯ- , nō- ; nə-ˈstäl- \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of nostalgic

: feeling or inspiring nostalgia: such as
a : longing for or thinking fondly of a past time or condition
  • As we drove through the French countryside, I couldn't help being not just nostalgic, but wistful, about how simple wine was 25 years ago.
  • —Matt Kramer
  • The protest mostly featured the usual suspects—anti-capitalists, environmentalists, union types chanting "Solidarity," and aging hippies nostalgic for their youth.
  • —Margaret Wente
b : evocative of a longed-for past time or condition
  • He loved good stories, especially nostalgic ones from his boyhood, and relished the telling.
  • —Peter Schworm
  • He soon parlayed his nostalgic pictures into a business that would eventually include writing, antique collecting, museum operations, and reproduction-furniture making.
  • —David K. Leff

nostalgically

play \nä-ˈstal-ji-k(ə-)lē, nə- also nȯ-, nō-; nə-ˈstäl-\ adverb
    • thinking nostalgically of the summers they spent together
    • looking back nostalgically on happier times

First Known Use of nostalgic

1782


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nostalgic

noun nos·tal·gic

Definition of nostalgic

plural nostalgics
: someone who longs for a past time or condition : a person given to nostalgia
  • There are nostalgics on both sides who felt better with a predictably snarling standoff than with the uncertain paths now opening.
  • —Flora Lewis
  • Eventually it would become an empty shell, a refuge for nostalgics unable to accept the challenge facing all organizations in a changing world; adapt or perish.
  • —John L. H. Keep

First Known Use of nostalgic

1874


NOSTALGIC Defined for Kids

nostalgic

adjective nos·tal·gic \ nä-ˈstal-jik \

Definition of nostalgic for Students

: having, showing, or characterized by a longing for something past
  • nostalgic stories

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