retro

adjective
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

retro-

prefix

Definition of retro- (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from retro

Adjective

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

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Opt for these retro heels straight out of Rachel Green's closet. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "10 Gorgeous Prom Shoes That Will Dazzle on the Dance Floor," 26 Feb. 2019 Tickets for the night are $150 and include an open bar, passed bites, and retro vibes. Condé Nast Traveler, "Six Ways to Spend New Years Eve in New York: An Insider's Guide," 24 Dec. 2018 Better go raid your attic because a retro holiday decoration is back in style. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Vintage Ceramic Christmas Trees Are Making a Comeback," 7 Dec. 2018 The Raspberry Pi version should run like the Steam Link app on any other device, suddenly making the tiny tinkerer-friendly $35 mini-PC capable of gaming far beyond mere retro emulation. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Valve's Steam Link app for Raspberry Pi lets you build your own PC game-streaming box," 3 Dec. 2018 The brand that’s melded glamour and kitsch, from furry loafers to to fake heads on the runway is right up Del Rey’s alley, and a perfect match for her eclectic, retro-tinged style. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lana Del Rey Is Drinking Wheat Grass, Taking Spin Classes, Being Extra, and Loving It," 7 Feb. 2019 Historic Downtown Glendale Named by USA Today and Sunset magazine as one of the country's 10 best places to shop, Historic Downtown Glendale is described as retro-chic. Sonja Haller, azcentral, "Ultimate Arizona bucket list: 15 things to do in Glendale," 18 Feb. 2015 In a recent throwback post, Hilton posted an Instagram video from the era, and her retro outfit proved to be, well, very much still current. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Why This 2000s-Era Paris Hilton Outfit Is Still Relevant Today," 21 July 2018 Right now, their line includes a variety of light fixtures, shades, and a side chair, all of which have a decidedly retro and artful flair. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "This Shapeshifting Clock Changes Design As It Approaches Noon," 9 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of retro

Adjective

1972, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for retro

Adjective

French rétro, short for rétrospectif retrospective

Prefix

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

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retro

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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

retro-

prefix

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

: backward : back

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