from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A bittersweet longing for things, persons, or situations of the past.
- n. The condition of being homesick; homesickness.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A longing for home or familiar surroundings; homesickness.
- n. A bittersweet yearning for the things of the past.
- n. Reminiscence of the speaker's childhood or younger years.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Homesickness; esp., a severe and sometimes fatal form of melancholia, due to homesickness.
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Morbid longing to return to one's home or native country; homesickness, especially in its severe forms, producing derangement of mental and physical functions.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. longing for something past
While acknowledging that indulging in nostalgia is itself a separate realm of lameness, let me ask, Which is lamer: being too young to remember a given period and then getting the nostalgia wrong, or not being too young but having been so out of touch with popular culture that subsequent attempts at nostalgia are woefully inaccurate?
As the descriptions of Brewer, that "torpid hive," or any look at Updike's writings would suggest, this nostalgia is inevitably complicated by darker realities.
The nostalgia is unconscious, flickering through only in the shape of a lone apricot tree on an embankment, so foreign in Berlin's northern latitudes.
Glenn Beck and the Tea Party represent a very vocal minority, so worked up about the direction of our nation that they'll pour into Washington by the hundreds of thousands to worship at the feet of a religious revivalism rooted in nostalgia for a white-washed version of America that never was.
Jellied Cranberry Sauce has a certain nostalgia to it because the can-shaped log of clear cranberry juice made an appearance of many of our Thanksgiving tables growing up.
I think nostalgia is a profound emotion that's all too often dismissed unfairly.
But in its purest forms, I think nostalgia is to the emotions what idealism is to the intellect.
Even in nostalgia and regret, the voice is neither sentimental nor self-absorbed.
Kenyonf, your nostalgia is for a time that never existed.
Still, his nostalgia is mixed with anticipation: I'll be quite excited by finishing.