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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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