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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ For a moment, Eline felt a nostalgia for the simplicity of her life as she'd lived it in Oystermouth.
▪ She felt some fleeting nostalgia for her morning fire.
▪ William felt no sense of nostalgia for any of it.
▪ a bittersweet film of nostalgia and innocence
▪ Lamour remembers her first trip to Europe with warm nostalgia.
▪ Reagan appealed to the average American's sense of nostalgia for a golden age.
▪ There's a mood of nostalgia throughout the whole book.
▪ Anderson combines affection and horror in his version of the seventies while avoiding the trap of nostalgia.
▪ But nostalgia is not enough to rebuild a country.
▪ He only have our nostalgia for our personal lost Eden.
▪ Home is the something always already lost, and the longing for it we call nostalgia.
▪ If anything, Teds are remembered with a degree of nostalgia and viewed as something quaint.
▪ Morris aimed for a balance of futurism and nostalgia.
▪ My nostalgia for a better Britain, for a time that was better for never having existed, had been blown up.
▪ Truly I would keel over in spasms of exquisite nostalgia.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

nostalgia \nos*tal"gi*a\, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? a return home + ? pain.]

  1. (Med.) Homesickness; esp., a severe and sometimes fatal form of melancholia, due to homesickness.

  2. A sentimental yearning to return to an earlier time remembered as happier or more pleasant, or a former place evoking happy memories; a longing to experience again a former happy time; as, a nostalgia for the brotherhood of the Woodstock music festival; a nostalgia for the comradeship of one's college friends.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1770, "severe homesickness considered as a disease," Modern Latin, coined 1668 in a dissertation on the topic at the University of Basel by scholar Johannes Hofer (1669-1752) as a rendering of German heimweh (for which see home + woe). From Greek algos "pain, grief, distress" (see -algia) + nostos "homecoming," from PIE *nes- "to return safely home" (cognate with Old Norse nest "food for a journey," Sanskrit nasate "approaches, joins," German genesen "to recover," Gothic ganisan "to heal," Old English genesen "to recover"). French nostalgie is in French army medical manuals by 1754.\n

\nOriginally in reference to the Swiss and said to be peculiar to them and often fatal, whether by its own action or in combination with wounds or disease. By 1830s the word was used of any intense homesickness: that of sailors, convicts, African slaves. "The bagpipes produced the same effects sometimes in the Scotch regiments while serving abroad" [Penny Magazine," Nov. 14, 1840]. It is listed among the "endemic diseases" in the "Cyclopaedia of Practical Medicine" [London, 1833, edited by three M.D.s], which defines it as "The concourse of depressing symptoms which sometimes arise in persons who are absent from their native country, when they are seized with a longing desire of returning to their home and friends and the scenes their youth ...." It was a military medical diagnosis principally, and was considered a serious medical problem by the North in the American Civil War:\n\nIn the first two years of the war, there were reported 2588 cases of nostalgia, and 13 deaths from this cause. These numbers scarcely express the real extent to which nostalgia influenced the sickness and mortality of the army. To the depressing influence of home-sickness must be attributed the fatal result in many cases which might otherwise have terminated favorably.

["Sanitary Memoirs of the War," U.S. Sanitary Commission, N.Y.: 1867]

\nTransferred sense (the main modern one) of "wistful yearning for the past" first recorded 1920, perhaps from such use of nostalgie in French literature. The longing for a distant place also necessarily involves a separation in time.

n. 1 A longing for home or familiar surroundings; homesickness. 2 A bittersweet yearning for the things of the past.


n. longing for something past

Nostalgia (disambiguation)

Nostalgia is a sentimentality for the past

Nostalgia may refer to:

Nostalgia (July for Kings album)

Nostalgia is the second studio album released by the American alternative rock music group July for Kings. It is their first independently released studio album.

The album was released on December 26, 2004, in physical form. It was released digitally on January 11, 2005. The album was produced by Joe Hedges and Eric Stewart.

Nostalgia (The Jazztet album)

Nostalgia is an album by Art Farmer and Benny Golson's New Jazztet featuring Curtis Fuller, recorded in New York in 1983 and originally released on the Japanese Baystate label in 1984.

Nostalgia (Ivan Kral album)

Nostalgia is a solo album by Czech musician Ivan Kral, former member of Patti Smith Group. It was released in 1995 by BMG Ariola label and it was produced by Kral himself. It features guest appearances by Patti Smith and John Cale from the Velvet Underground.


Nostalgia is a sentimentality for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations. The word nostalgia is learned formation of a Greek compound, consisting of (nóstos), meaning "homecoming", a Homeric word, and (álgos), meaning "pain, ache", and was coined by a 17th-century medical student to describe the anxieties displayed by Swiss mercenaries fighting away from home. Described as a medical condition—a form of melancholy—in the Early Modern period, it became an important trope in Romanticism.

Nostalgia can refer to a general interest in the past, its personalities, and events, especially the "good old days" from earlier in one's life.

The scientific literature on nostalgia usually refers to nostalgia regarding the personal life and has mainly studied the effects of nostalgia induced during the studies. Smell and touch are strong evokers of nostalgia due to the processing of these stimuli first passing through the amygdala, the emotional seat of the brain. These recollections of one's past are usually important events, people one cares about, and places where one has spent time. Music and weather can also be strong triggers of nostalgia. Nostalgic preferences, the belief that the past was better than is the present, has been linked to biases in memory.

Nostalgia (Frampton film)

(nostalgia) is a 38 minute 1971 film by artist Hollis Frampton (1936–1984). The film is composed of still black-and-white photographs taken by Frampton during his early artistic explorations which are slowly burned on the element of a hot plate, while the soundtrack offers personal comments on the content of the images, read by fellow artist Michael Snow. Each comment/story is heard in succession before the related photograph appears onscreen, thus causing the viewer to actively engage with the 'past' and 'present' moments as presented within the film.

The Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington described it as an "avant-garde classic [with] considered eloquent and evocative explorations of memory and family".

In 2003, (nostalgia) was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". It is available on the DVD collection Treasures IV: American Avant-Garde Film, 1947-1986 (2008), as well as in a Hollis Frampton box set from The Criterion Collection " A Hollis Frampton Odyssey" (2012).

Nostalgia (video game)

Nostalgia, originally released in Japan as , is a role-playing video game developed by Red Entertainment and Matrix Software for the Nintendo DS handheld system. Initially released in November 2008 for Japanese audiences by Tecmo, an English version of the game was officially announced for North America by Ignition Entertainment for an October 2009 release. The game's development was headed by producer Keisuke Kikuchi, with programming and three-dimensional graphics by Matrix Software, who had previously developed Square Enix's Nintendo DS versions of Final Fantasy III and Final Fantasy IV.

Taking place in an alternate reality steampunk version of the 19th century, the game follows Eddie, a London boy and son of a great adventurer as he and his friends travel the world in an airship in search of his missing father. The game features turn-based combat and aerial battles between the player's customizable airship, the Maverick, and enemy airships. The player's party, consisting of Eddie, the street urchin Pad, a witch named Melody and the mysterious Fiona were shown in early trailers to be traveling to such places as New York City, Cairo, Tokyo, Northern Europe and South America.

Nostalgia (novel)

Nostalgia is a novel by the Romanian writer Mircea Cărtărescu. The narrative consists of five distinct parts which assiduously link together to produce a narrative that is on the one hand disjointed and on the other produces, as a whole, a kind of hidden centre while negotiation the Romanian relationship to time and place, state and nationalism, communism and community, the rural and the capital with a neurotic, hallucinatory fervor that itself seems an exhalation of all of these anxieties.

First appearing in Romania under the name Visul ("The Dream") in 1989 with Cartea Româneasca Publishing House, having been mangled by censors, it appeared in its full form as Nostalgia in 1993 under Humanitas. It was thereafter translated into French, German, Hungarian, Spanish and other languages, and was nominated for literary prizes across Europe. In 2005, the novel was translated to English by Julian Semilian and published by New Directions. While sharply distinct from the realist narrative mode typifying North American literature, it was received with rave reviews by critics across the United States.

Nostalgia (Annie Lennox album)

Nostalgia is the sixth studio album by Scottish singer-songwriter Annie Lennox, released on 23 October 2014 by Island Records. It is Lennox's first album in four years, and her third album of covers. The album consists of cover versions of compositions from the Great American Songbook; researched and learned by Lennox as she studied archival footage uploaded to YouTube.

Nostalgia debuted at number ten on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 32,000 copies, earning Lennox her third US top ten solo album, as well as her first-ever number-one album on both Billboards Jazz Albums and Traditional Jazz Albums charts. It has sold 139,000 copies in the US as of April 2015. The album debuted at number nine on the UK Albums Chart, becoming Lennox's fifth UK top ten solo album. Nostalgia peaked inside the top ten in Austria, Canada, Italy and Switzerland. The album was nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album at the 57th Grammy Awards.

Usage examples of "nostalgia".

The electrical smell of the ship came into his nostrils, a brew of cooking oil, ozone, diesel fuel, cleaning solution, and amines, the perfume of it filling him with nostalgia.

She felt ready for marriage: Nostalgia was fun, but it failed to beckon her into those bygone days.

I hear he has recently authored a cookery book, laced with herbal nostalgia.

In his phenomenological examination of the theme of love, in exploring the border zone between eroticism and licit sexuality, between irony and nostalgia, Kundera succeeds brilliantly in revealing the inadmissible: all the essentially comical elements concealed in human sexuality!

This feudalist was also the only speaker at the funeral to raise the old specter of the International Zionist Conspiracy, which I thought was a justifiable piece of nostalgia, considering the moment.

She had a passion for crystallized ginger and creme fraiche, which was hard to find anywhere else, and we both had a nostalgia for smoked turkey and Smithfield ham, which Mother, a Virginian, had seen to it were staples of our childhood.

I clutched it with my right hand, hesitated as I was overcome with nostalgia for the griddle and the grill and the deep-fryer, then grabbed it with my left hand, as well, and stepped off the ladder.

I daresay I should have got over my nostalgia if I had treated it with contempt, and then I should not have wasted ten years of my life in the bosom of my cruel stepmother Venice.

The new hue, plus a thirdhand stereo system stocked with appropriate pop classics by the Beatles, Jimmy Buffet, and the Junkanoo Joke-sters, drove the female vacationers into raptures of nostalgia and ensured full bookings for the season.

From Jaspers to Heidegger, from Kierkegaard to Che-stov, from the phenomenologists to Scheler, on the logical plane and on the moral plane, a whole family of minds related by their nostalgia but opposed by their methods or their aims, have persisted in blocking the royal road of reason and in recovering the direct paths of truth.

Followers of obsolete unthinkable trades, doodling in Etruscan, addicts of drugs not yet synthesized, black marketeers of World War III, excisors of telepathic sensitivity, osteopaths of the spirit, investigators of infractions denounced by bland paranoid chess players, servers of fragmentary warrants taken down in hebephrenic shorthand charging unspeakable mutilations of the spirit, officials of unconstituted police states, brokers of exquisite dreams and nostalgias tested on the sensitized cells of junk sickness and bartered for raw materials of the will, drinkers of the Heavy Fluid sealed in translucent amber of dreams.

The poignancy becomes melancholy, then runs straight on through sentiment to nostalgia.

No point in telling him her own theory: that people around here live for saudade, the rush of nostalgia and longing, and you first have to leave a place to feel saudade.

A fog of nostalgia had already begun to creep over those few days between Shoyo and May, before Tom and responsibility.

The secret faith of the 20th century is nostalgia for the archaic, nostalgia for the Paleolithic, and that gives us body piercing, abstract expressionism, surrealism, jazz, rock and roll, and Catastrophe Theory.