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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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  • But a growing number of photographers are feeling nostalgic for the days of film.
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  • Instructors need to get with the program and stop waxing nostalgic for a past era.
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  • That picture of a glowing past and diminished present is more than a touch nostalgic.
  • The packaging itself truly tugs at those nostalgic heartstrings with its unique throwback design.
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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