Definition of retro
: relating to, reviving, or being the styles and especially the fashions of the past : fashionably nostalgic or old-fashioned a retro look
Examples of retro in a Sentence
the retro look in fashion
retro fashions that seek to capture the lost glamour of Hollywood in the 1930s
Recent Examples of retro from the Web
The band’s songs are bright and hooky with a retro sensibility that’s hard to place; the songwriting is savvy, and the musicianship is strong but never showy.
As for what to expect from the Kylie Jenner x Quay collaboration, think: bright colors, mirrored lenses, and a mix of frame shapes that range from retro cat-eye to modern angular shades.
The dining room has a retro ambiance that is comfortable and relaxed.
A vehicle with wheels that can fly brings to mind the retro idea of a flying car.
Nixie Studded Sandals, $45 (orig. $100); topshop.com Rock these retro style sunglasses at your next summer music festival.
There are now five L.A. locations of this retro ramen counter, but there’s no substitute for the quirky Little Tokyo original.
He's known for creating retro styles for celebrities like Andra Day, Tess Holiday, and RuPaul's Drag Race alums, too.
The showcase's surprise standout, Matterfall, comes courtesy of the retro-loving action wizards at Housemarque (Resogun, Super Stardust HD), and its side-scrolling arcade stylings can be described simply: if Mighty No.
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Origin and Etymology of retro
French rétro, short for rétrospectif retrospective
First Known Use: 1972See Words from the same year
Definition of retro-
1 : backward : back retro-rocket
2 : situated behind retroperitoneal
Origin and Etymology of retro-
Latin, from retro, from re- + -tro (as in intro within) — more at intro-
RETRO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of retro for English Language Learners
: looking like or relating to styles or fashions from the past
Definition of retro- for English Language Learners
: backward : back
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