Definitions for nostalgianɒˈstæl dʒə, -dʒi ə, nə-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

nos•tal•gianɒˈstæl dʒə, -dʒi ə, nə-(n.)

  1. a wistful or sentimental longing for places, things, acquaintances, or conditions belonging to the past.

  2. a longing for home; homesickness.

  3. something that elicits nostalgia.

Origin of nostalgia:

1770–80; < NL < Gk nóst(os) a return home +-algia -algia

nos•tal′gist(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. nostalgia(noun)

    longing for something past

Wiktionary

  1. nostalgia(Noun)

    A longing for home or familiar surroundings; homesickness.

  2. nostalgia(Noun)

    A bittersweet yearning for the things of the past.

  3. nostalgia(Noun)

    Reminiscence of the speaker's childhood or younger years.

  4. Origin: From nostalgia, from * (nostalgia), from νόστος + ἄλγος. Compare Italian nostalgia and French nostalgie.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nostalgia(noun)

    homesickness; esp., a severe and sometimes fatal form of melancholia, due to homesickness

Freebase

  1. Nostalgia

    The term nostalgia describes a sentimentality for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations. The word is a learned formation of a Greek compound, consisting of νόστος, meaning "homecoming", a Homeric word, and ἄλγος, meaning "pain, ache", and was coined by a 17th-century medical student to describe the anxieties displayed by Swiss mercenaries fighting away from home. Described as a medical condition—a form of melancholy—in the Early Modern period, it became an important trope in Romanticism. In common, less clinical usage, nostalgia can refer to a general interest in the past, their personalities, and events, especially the "good old days" from one's earlier life. Boym argues that nostalgia is more prevalent during times of great upheaval. The scientific literature on nostalgia is quite thin, but a few studies have attempted to pin down the its essence and causes. Smell and touch are strong evokers of nostalgia due to the processing of these stimuli first passing through the amygdala, the emotional seat of the brain. These recollections of our past are usually important events, people we care about, and places where we have spent time. Music and weather can also be a strong trigger of nostalgia.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

nostalgia(noun)

a longing for past times

She felt a great nostalgia for her childhood.

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