Definition of nostalgia in English:


Line breaks: nos¦tal|gia
Pronunciation: /nɒˈstaldʒə


[mass noun]
  • 1A sentimental longing or wistful affection for a period in the past: I was overcome with acute nostalgia for my days at university
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    • The days of the Empire were by then long gone, but not so the English romance with faraway places or its nostalgia for the past.
    • Along with the concept, there was this nagging feeling of nostalgia for the past.
    • There is no nostalgia with regard to past connections with the states from the Warsaw Pact.
    wistfulness, longing/yearning/pining for the past, regret, regretfulness, reminiscence, remembrance, recollection, homesickness, sentimentality
  • 1.1Something done or presented in order to evoke feelings of nostalgia: an evening of TV nostalgia
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    • Every family of the street had a member present and nostalgia was the theme.
    • Showband nostalgia was much to the fore at Club 3 in Roscommon last Friday night week.



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  • While nostalgists browse through the museum's remarkable collection of cricketing memorabilia, kids can play interactive cricket on computer screens in a children's room.
  • Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the snobs at the barricades are the nostalgists for Old New York.
  • They are not anti-imperialists so much as nostalgists for imperialism.


late 18th century (in the sense 'acute homesickness'): modern Latin (translating German Heimweh 'homesickness'), from Greek nostos 'return home' + algos 'pain'.

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