ret·​ro | \ ˈre-(ˌ)trō How to pronounce retro (audio) \

Definition of retro

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Definition of retro- (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : backward : back retro-rocket
2 : situated behind retroperitoneal

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Other Words from retro


retro noun

Examples of retro in a Sentence

Adjective the retro look in fashion retro fashions that seek to capture the lost glamour of Hollywood in the 1930s
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Gucci and a host of retro men’s brands have made discreetly midcentury terry polo shirts that call out for a highball. Sadie Stein, WSJ, "How to Wear a Robe All the Time," 7 May 2021 Bids for this particular retro gem are currently sitting at $175,000 as of writing, with four days left on the auction. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, "Collectors, Rejoice! This Lovingly Restored 1956 Porsche 356 Speedster Is up for Auction," 7 May 2021 The two revealed so far are the two Counterspell and the buy-a-box promo card Sanctum Prelate, in a retro frame. Joe Parlock, Forbes, "Wizards Of The Coast Gives Us Our First Look At Magic The Gathering’s ‘Modern Horizons 2’ Set," 6 May 2021 After a long afternoon beating back the mutant hordes, players can retire to a musty lounge constructed entirely out of tin cans and bobbleheads in that indelible retro-futuristic aesthetic that belongs to Fallout and Fallout alone. Luke Winkie, Vulture, "The 20 Best Games on PlayStation Now," 4 May 2021 The bar will feature an in-house kitchen as well as space for food trucks, in addition to a retro bar and vintage furniture, per Rabbit Hole's Nextseed Campaign. Shacamree Gowdy, Chron, "Forthcoming Houston Heights cocktail bar will mix 1920s charm with out-of-this-world glamor," 4 May 2021 The retro travel trailer, which Ben and Erin renovated and named Jolene, was gifted to them by their friends country music duo Chris and Morgane Stapleton. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Erin and Ben Napier Share the Cute Story Behind Their Friendship With Sheryl Crow," 3 May 2021 Coupled with a monochromatic suit by Dion Lee, the look toed the line between futuristic and retro, calling to mind a present-tense interpretation of character Beth Harmon's aesthetic in The Queen’s Gambit. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Hunter Schafer Debuts a New Haircut—And Makes the Case for Super-Sleek Styling," 3 May 2021 Five acres with over 200 vendors selling antique, vintage and retro merchandise from a variety of time periods. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: April 26-May 2," 25 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of retro


1972, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for retro


French rétro, short for rétrospectif retrospective


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

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10 May 2021

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“Retro.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of retro

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



English Language Learners Definition of retro- (Entry 2 of 2)

: backward : back

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