- a wistful desire to return in thought or in fact to a former time in one's life, to one's home or homeland, or to one's family and friends; a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former place or time: a nostalgia for his college days.
- something that elicits or displays nostalgia.
Origin of nostalgia
Examples from the Web for nostalgia
De Robertis, an East Village mainstay, closes tomorrow—a moment for nostalgia, but also pragmatism.De Robertis, a New York Great, Bids Farewell
December 4, 2014
In “Back Home,” Gil also revisits the nostalgia for the South explored in his Johns Hopkins thesis, “Circle of Stone.”‘The Prince of Chocolate City’: When Gil Scott-Heron Became A Music Icon
November 15, 2014
Yet her work is all heart, her flights of fancy rich with nostalgia without being mawkish.The Singular Artist of New Yorkistan
November 14, 2014
Levin rightly disparages the “nostalgia” that he says “blinds” both liberals and conservatives to this new reality.Relax—Both Parties Are Going Extinct
November 4, 2014
The books are not nostalgia, and I would hate for them to be thought of as nostalgia.Sarah Waters: Queen of the Tortured Lesbian Romance
September 30, 2014
The universe is a God in exile who has nostalgia for himself.Initiation into Philosophy
The feeling was not nostalgia, for that far country was no home for him now.The Vagrant Duke
Somehow, sitting in the dusky Tombs didn't seem to help their Nostalgia.Ade's Fables
"I will not," declared the author of Nostalgia in the Lobster.How Doth the Simple Spelling Bee
Andr she considered the outcome of this feeling of nostalgia.Famous Women: George Sand
- a yearning for the return of past circumstances, events, etc
- the evocation of this emotion, as in a book, film, etc
- longing for home or family; homesickness
Word Origin and History for nostalgia
1770, "severe homesickness" (considered as a disease), Modern Latin (cf. French nostalgie, 1802), coined 1668 by Johannes Hofer, as a rendering of German heimweh, from Greek algos "pain, grief, distress" (see -algia) + nostos "homecoming," from PIE *nes- "to return safely home" (cf. Old Norse nest "food for a journey," Sanskrit nasate "approaches, joins," German genesen "to recover," Gothic ganisan "to heal," Old English genesen "to recover"). Transferred sense (the main modern one) of "wistful yearning for the past" first recorded 1920.
- A bittersweet longing for things, persons, or situations of the past.
- The condition of being homesick; homesickness.