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[no-stal-jik nuh‐] /nɒˈstæl dʒɪk nə‐/
experiencing or exhibiting nostalgia, a sentimental or wistful yearning for the happiness felt in a former place, time, or situation.
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nostalgically, adverb Unabridged
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  • Grandfather was an Earthman and he used to get nostalgic for the homeworld.

    The Lani People J. F. Bone
  • Some alumni might be nostalgic for the Gothic structures of their university days.

  • Disinheriting ourselves from all that was, we are nostalgic for our lost sense of continuity and security.

  • From Java's seething millions were the nostalgic three ever missed?

    Tropic Days E. J. Banfield
  • The stereo was playing something soft and nostalgic as Kennon sank into the chair Alexander had vacated.

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British Dictionary definitions for nostalgic


of or characterized by nostalgia
a person who indulges in nostalgia
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Word Origin and History for nostalgic

1806, from nostalgia + -ic. Related: Nostalgically.

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