Nostalgia Definition

nŏ-stăljə, nə-
noun
A longing to go back to one's home, home town, or homeland; homesickness.
Webster's New World
A bittersweet longing for things, persons, or situations of the past.
American Heritage
A longing for something far away or long ago or for former happy circumstances.
Webster's New World
The condition of being homesick; homesickness.
American Heritage
Nostalgia is a desire to return to an earlier time in life.
An example of nostalgia is the craving to be back in college again.
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Other Word Forms of Nostalgia

Noun

Singular:
nostalgia
Plural:
nostalgias

Origin of Nostalgia

  • From Late Latin nostalgia, from Ancient Greek * νοσταλγία (nostalgia), from νόστος (nostos, “a return home") + ἄλγος (algos, “pain, suffering"). Compare Italian nostalgia and French nostalgie.

    From Wiktionary

  • Greek nostos a return home nes-1 in Indo-European roots –algia

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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