[ no-stal-juh, -jee-uh, nuh- ]
/ nɒˈstæl dʒə, -dʒi ə, nə- /


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

1770–80; < New Latin < Greek nóst(os) a return home + -algia -algia


nos·tal·gic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nostalgia

/ (nɒˈstældʒə, -dʒɪə) /


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 for nostalgia

C18: New Latin (translation of German Heimweh homesickness), from Greek nostos a return home + -algia
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Medicine definitions for nostalgia

[ nŏ-stăljə, nə- ]


A bittersweet longing for things, persons, or situations of the past.
The condition of being homesick; homesickness.

Other words from nostalgia

nos•talgic (-jĭk) adj.
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