nostalgia

[no-stal-juh, -jee-uh, nuh-]
noun
1.
a wistful desire to return in thought or in fact to a former time in one's life, to one's home or homeland, or to one's family and friends; a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former place or time: a nostalgia for his college days.
2.
something that elicits or displays nostalgia.

Origin:
1770–80; < Neo-Latin < Greek nóst(os) a return home + -algia -algia

nostalgic, adjective
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nostalgia (nɒˈstældʒə, -dʒɪə)
 
n
1.  a yearning for the return of past circumstances, events, etc
2.  the evocation of this emotion, as in a book, film, etc
3.  longing for home or family; homesickness
 
[C18: New Latin (translation of German Heimweh homesickness), from Greek nostos a return home + -algia]

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nostalgia
1770, "severe homesickness" (considered as a disease), Mod.L. (cf. Fr. nostalgie, 1802), coined 1668 by Johannes Hofer as a rendering of Ger. heimweh, from Gk. nostos "homecoming" + algos "pain, grief, distress" (see -algia). Transferred sense (the main modern one) of "wistful
yearning for the past" first recorded 1920.
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nostalgia nos·tal·gia (nŏ-stāl'jə, nə-)
n.

  1. A bittersweet longing for things, persons, or situations of the past.

  2. The condition of being homesick; homesickness.


nos·tal'gic (-jĭk) adj.
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Example sentences
He dismissed nostalgia and sentimentality to focus strictly on music itself.
If you move frequently enough, you'll lose the nostalgia soon enough.
Behind the nostalgia lies growing inequality.
Students and nostalgia buffs will treasure his book, for different reasons.
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