Definition of nostalgic in English:



  • Feeling, evoking, or characterized by nostalgia.

    ‘he remained nostalgic about the good old days’
    ‘a nostalgic account of an idyllic childhood’
    • ‘Alexei Sayle would adopt a maudlin, nostalgic whine and a watery half-smile as he recalled the glories of the music hall.’
    • ‘Pretty, feminine, soft and fluid silhouettes make a new statement of nostalgic romance.’
    • ‘Individually and culturally, we are preposterously nostalgic for it.’
    • ‘In a world where the microwave has become the magic wand of the kitchen, how welcome to read such nostalgic sentiments.’
    • ‘Great issue, great interview, which made me very nostalgic for those days when Eddie had a website and was a publisher.’
    • ‘The steam locomotive evokes nostalgic memories of a bygone era with its glory and old age charm.’
    • ‘And to celebrate, all kinds of nostalgic nonsense is being pumped out of the country's TV sets.’
    • ‘It's not just a nice piece for nostalgic fans, but a classic of the genre that can be enjoyed by anyone.’
    • ‘Saxophonist Greg Tardy provides a good foil with some subtly understated and nostalgic lines that catch the mood of the night.’
    • ‘The factory is situated in a romantic garden and is full of nostalgic paraphernalia.’
    • ‘His mother's nostalgic memories had led Juan to expect a town ‘that smelled of spilt honey’.’
    • ‘Panache provides the women folk nostalgic images by reviving the art of handmade jewellery as they are now not in vogue.’
    • ‘There was a time when the dysfunctions of my childhood and adolescence took on this rosy nostalgic glow.’
    • ‘In her art, she said she attempts to evoke the nostalgic beauty of another era.’
    • ‘The history of each one has been put into print - stories and pictures that make for nostalgic reading.’
    • ‘There will be happy nostalgic memories for the many folk who frequented that popular venue in their youth having now advanced a few years.’
    • ‘Tapes of military marches, a drill sergeant's orders and nostalgic 1950s songs add to the atmosphere.’
    • ‘In Her Shoes certainly honours that tradition but in a way that makes it much more than a retro treat for movie buffs and nostalgic oldies.’
    • ‘I was transfixed by this sentimental and nostalgic portrait of a 1930s Donegal family.’
    • ‘He worked there for 32 years and was somewhat nostalgic about the final departure of the plant.’
    wistful, evocative, longing for the past, pining for the past, yearning for the past, romantic, sentimental, emotional about the past, regretful, dewy-eyed, maudlin, homesick
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  • A nostalgic person.

    ‘nostalgics who still take pleasure in experiencing the glories of the North American landscape from the windows of a car’
    • ‘Certainly, both Morrissey's You Are the Quarry and the Cure's self-titled comeback have been welcomed by both nostalgics and newcomers.’
    • ‘These are subtly conveyed, however, making this first and foremost a film for the children as much as the nostalgics among you.’
    • ‘Goode, who spent 17 years as the curator of the Smithsonian Castle, has not assembled a picture book for nostalgics.’
    • ‘It was something that was proclaimed at every opportunity by the party and government leadership in official statements, and which is repeated today, and not just by nostalgics.’
    • ‘As with Live Aid, however, a good idea will always be revived by misty-eyed nostalgics, and since British architecture has improved more than somewhat since the 1980s, why not?’
    • ‘All the while he watched his crowd, old nostalgics all, and wondered how many of them had been present that night, how many of them had tried to camouflage their fear under the chorus of a well known palliative song.’
    • ‘Mark sets out to discover whether the ‘golden age’ truly existed or is a smug myth perpetuated by nostalgics and the artistic and political enemies of television today.’
    • ‘Today, it's Frank Rich's turn to join the ‘wish it were 1974 again’ crowd of nostalgics who are scratching their heads and wondering that if the media had managed to bring down a president once, why can't they do it again?’
    • ‘Many nostalgics recalled life as safer with Reggie and Ronnie in charge, as they loved their mother and could ‘sort anybody out’.’
    • ‘With personal computers, taking a stroll down memory lane isn't for the nostalgic.’