Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

retro

play
adjective ret·ro \ˈre-(ˌ)trō\

Simple Definition of retro

  • : looking like or relating to styles or fashions from the past

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of retro

  1. :  relating to, reviving, or being the styles and especially the fashions of the past :  fashionably nostalgic or old-fashioned <a retro look>

retro noun

Examples of retro in a sentence

  1. the retro look in fashion

  2. <retro fashions that seek to capture the lost glamour of Hollywood in the 1930s>



Origin of retro

French rétro, short for rétrospectif retrospective


First Known Use: 1974


retro-

prefix ret·ro

Simple Definition of retro-

  • : backward : back

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of retro-

  1. 1 :  backward :  back <retro-rocket>

  2. 2 :  situated behind <retroperitoneal>

Origin of retro-

Latin, from retro, from re- + -tro (as in intro within) — more at intro-


Learn More about retro


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up retro? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

tending to dismiss important matters

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

alt-5746713d76276

Which of these is a synonym of nonplus?

disapprove soothe perplex reduce
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ