(Greek: return home)
2. A mixed feeling of happiness, sadness, and longing when recalling a person, place, or event from the past: Jake was filled with nostalgia for his college days.
3. The pain of yearning for a former time in one’s life or for familiar people and surroundings: Smelling the bread baking in the oven gave Rebecca a feeling of nostalgia of how it used to be in the kitchen when she was a child.
4. Etymology: from 1770, "severe homesickness" (considered as a disease), Modern Latin, coined in 1668 by Johannes Hofer as a rendering of German heimweh, from Greek nostos, "homecoming" + algos, "pain, grief, distress".
The transferred sense of "wistful yearning for a past or earlier time", was first recorded in D.H. Lawrence's The Lost Girl in 1920.
Homesickness or a strong desire to return to one's home
The pain of longing to return home, to a former time in one’s life, or to familiar people and surroundings; severe home sickness. The illustration above suggests that at least one of the Panda bears wants to return to China, its native land.
A nostalgic feeling is considered to be a mixed feeling of happiness, sadness, and longing when recalling a person, place, or event from his or her past.
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2. A reference to a condition of being homesick; homesickness.
3. Caused by nostalgia; later, affected with nostalgia; that is, "unhappy at being away and longing for familiar things or people".
2. The study of senility, gerontology, and geriatrics.
Based on the idea that some aspects of "later life [senility] is somewhat like returning to early years".
2. An intense homesickness or an irresistible urge to return home: Tom had been away at boarding school for only 3 months when he had a ver strong longing to visit his parents in his village and because of this condition of nostomania he booked his flight the very next day!
3. An overwhelming desire to go back to familiar places: Lynn always wanted to show her children where she came from, and after a spell of nostomania, they all traveled to California to visit all the wonderful sites, regions, and localities where she had been as a child and teenager.