Nostalgia meaning

nŏ-stăljə, nə-
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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A bittersweet longing for things, persons, or situations of the past.
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A bittersweet yearning for the things of the past.
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The condition of being homesick; homesickness.
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Reminiscence of the speaker's childhood or younger years.
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A longing for something far away or long ago or for former happy circumstances.
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A longing to go back to one's home, home town, or homeland; homesickness.
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Origin of nostalgia

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

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

  • 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