What does nostalgia mean?

Definitions for nostalgianɒˈstæl dʒə, -dʒi ə, nə-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. nostalgia(noun)

    longing for something past


  1. nostalgia(n.)

    A sentimental yearning to return to an earlier time remembered as happier or more pleasant, or a former place evoking happy memories; a longing to experience again a former happy time; as, a nostalgia for the brotherhood of the Woodstock music festival; a nostalgia for the comradeship of one's college friends.

  2. Origin: [NL., fr. Gr. a return home + pain.]


  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

  2. Origin: [NL., fr. Gr. a return home + pain.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Nostalgia

    nos-tal′ji-a, n. home-sickness, esp. when morbid.—adj. Nostal′gic. [Gr. nostos, a return, algos, pain.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nostalgia in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nostalgia in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Peter De Vries:

    Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.

  2. Frank Zappa:

    It isn't necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice -- there are two other possibilities one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia.

  3. Gary Landis:

    Everybody has grandma’s clock in the attic and it’s a nostalgia thing and they want to bring it down, they remember as a little child that grandma had that clock.

  4. Clay Routledge:

    Nostalgia is an important way that we connect across generations, there are so many things that are always changing, but nostalgia is the social glue for creating shared, meaningful experiences.

  5. Ken Johnson:

    There is sort of a nostalgia among many for rural America, i think that sometimes, places are often better in memory than in reality. But for others, I think some of the return migration of older adults in a rural area is about that (sense of) community they may have felt as young people.

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