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nostalgic

[no-stal-jik nuh‐]
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adjective
  1. experiencing or exhibiting nostalgia, a sentimental or wistful yearning for the happiness felt in a former place, time, or situation.
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Origin of nostalgic

Related formsnos·tal·gi·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for nostalgic

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Historical Examples

  • Some alumni might be nostalgic for the Gothic structures of their university days.

  • Grandfather was an Earthman and he used to get nostalgic for the homeworld.

    The Lani People

    J. F. Bone

  • From Java's seething millions were the nostalgic three ever missed?

    Tropic Days

    E. J. Banfield

  • One nostalgic hood from Seattle said it reminded him of Skid Row there.

  • The waiter, a nostalgic look in his big blue eyes, went away.

    H. R.

    Edwin Lefevre


British Dictionary definitions for nostalgic

nostalgic

adjective
  1. of or characterized by nostalgia
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noun
  1. a person who indulges in nostalgia
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Word Origin and History for nostalgic

adj.

1806, from nostalgia + -ic. Related: Nostalgically.

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