ret·ro | \ˈre-(ˌ)trō \

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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retro noun

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 on the Web: Adjective

With Gigi in white and Leah in black, the pair finished off their looks with retro white sneakers. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Matched Reebok Sneakers to Her Swimsuit," 2 July 2018 The Off-White Low 2.0s take a silhouette that’s reminiscent of a retro tennis sneaker, and gussy things up with plenty of Virgil Abloh's postmodern flair. Tyler Watamanuk, GQ, "These Off-White Sneakers Look Mighty Familiar—and They're Not Even Sold Out," 12 June 2018 That’s why the retro look of the capsule, available only during 2018 and selling exclusively through Walmart, was so surprising. Adam Tschorn,, "As Father's Day approaches, a vintage Old Spice bottle sheds new light on my departed dad," 8 June 2018 Michigan’s players are hardly alone, though, in their affinity for a retro look. Zach Schonbrun, New York Times, "Michigan Puts the Short Back in Its Shorts," 15 Mar. 2018 But over at Air France, that well-oiled worker conflict played out in a decidedly more retro fashion. Benedikt Kammel,, "Shirt-Ripping Air France Workers Tear Up Another CEO in Conflict," 5 May 2018 The retro truck carries vanilla, chocolate, and Scooptopia — vanilla ice cream with peanut butter, caramel and fudge. Karen Herzog, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Retro UW-Madison delivery van hits road with myth-busting facts, Babcock ice cream," 13 July 2018 The 18 Art Deco-style rooms are deliciously retro, and rather Gallic. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best New Hotels in Europe," 1 May 2018 With modern dials and matte leather straps, his watches skew less stereotypically retro than those from many other Brooklyn brands. Michael Clerizo, WSJ, "A Watch Industry Grows in Brooklyn," 5 June 2018

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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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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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