What does nostalgia mean?

Definitions for nostalgia
nɒˈstæl dʒə, -dʒi ə, nə-nos·tal·gia

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. nostalgianoun

    longing for something past

GCIDE

  1. nostalgianoun

    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.

Wiktionary

  1. nostalgianoun

    A longing for home or familiar surroundings; homesickness.

  2. nostalgianoun

    A bittersweet yearning for the things of the past.

  3. nostalgianoun

    Reminiscence of the speaker's childhood or younger years.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nostalgianoun

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

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

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.

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.]

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Numerology

  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

Examples of nostalgia in a Sentence

  1. Nick Offerman:

    I certainly have a sense of nostalgia for a time when people were more neighborly, i feel like there's been a lot of cynicism in modern comedy, there's been a lot of negativity. You can still say' I love you' while making people laugh.

  2. Joe Yazhuo Kong:

    Nostalgia is a predominately positive emotion that people easily perceive in their lives, for instance, people can feel happy and peaceful when browsing their pictures grouped with family or friends.

  3. Janda Lukin:

    Nostalgia has and continues to be huge with snacking and providing a sense of comfort, especially the past two years, with Mega Bites, we're giving adult consumers — many of whom grew up eating Goldfish — a new way to experience their beloved snack.

  4. Pilvi Pitkaranta:

    I thought it was a fun idea to organise a party there, also out of nostalgia, some people are finding it very distressing that they have to be home alone and are finding it hard to get things done when stuck indoors.

  5. Susan Matt:

    Not all homesickness was necessarily going to kill you, but if you had a really acute case, it would qualify as nostalgia, there are lots of different sets of overlapping descriptions : a shortness of breath, palpitations of the heart, dysentery, fever, problems with the lungs. Or it was feeling an acute yearning, and then your body would start to close down.

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