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

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 Its retro art style is a dazzling throwback to the 16-bit generation while its roguelike elements make each run feel like something new and unique. Alyse Stanley, Washington Post, 17 May 2022 As the focal point of this retro-style collaboration, the tracksuits are available in a wide array of patterns and colors. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 10 May 2022 By the bed, there’s a turntable, with vinyl by Morcheeba, Michael Jackson and Elton John ready to spin and there’s a retro-style newspaper, emblazoned with the hotel’s name, packed with information on what to do locally. Angelina Villa-clarke, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 Buzz, a retro-style model that resurrects the iconic microbus as an electric van. William Boston, WSJ, 15 Mar. 2022 Participants were sent retro-style jogging shorts, socks, wristbands, sunglasses, and a track jacket. Brian Metzler, Outside Online, 2 Mar. 2022 This retro-style glass baking dish is nice for things like high-protein mac and cheese or chicken pot pie. Malia Griggs, SELF, 11 Jan. 2022 Conceptualized by JT Nesbitt, this retro-futuristic bike purports to showcase a quality of construction typically reserved for hypercars. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 6 Apr. 2022 Lady K, an elegant and soulful vocalist who excels at R&B, and Gressett, a retro rocker with a flamboyant stage style, don’t seem to have much in common, aside from their Alabama roots. Mary Colurso |, al, 25 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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22 May 2022

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“Retro.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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