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.

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  1. nostalgia

    Nostalgia is a sentimental longing or wistful affection for a period in the past. It can refer to the joy and sadness that comes from thinking about or remembering past experiences, places, events, or people. It is often associated with a yearning for the perceived simplicity, comfort, or pleasantness of earlier times.

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.]

Wikidata

  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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Julie Swets:

    What nostalgia is is this feeling of connectedness with other people, so, people who are a little more avoidant of intimacy with other people, or more likely to prefer distance over close relationships... those people don't reap the same benefits of nostalgia.

  4. Anthony Fauci:

    We have a hard struggle still ahead of us for weeks and months because we face a new variant of the disease that requires a new vigilance, but as the sun rises tomorrow on 2021, we have the certainty of those vaccines. I believe 2021 is, above all, the year when we will eventually do those everyday things that now seem lost in the past, bathed in a rosy glow of nostalgia -- going to the pub, concerts, theaters, restaurants, or simply holding hands with our loved ones in the normal way.

  5. Clint Gamache:

    Nostalgia is the big thing for Disney, there are so many people that have so many memories connected to a certain ride. When, down the road, the ride closes, all of that nostalgia and all of those emotions come back.

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