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ret·​ro ˈre-(ˌ)trō How to pronounce retro (audio)
: relating to, reviving, or being the styles and especially the fashions of the past : fashionably nostalgic or old-fashioned
a retro look
retro noun


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: backward : back
: situated behind

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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Word History



French rétro, short for rétrospectif retrospective


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

First Known Use


1972, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of retro was in 1972

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Cite this Entry

“Retro.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
ret·​ro ˈret-rō How to pronounce retro (audio)
: relating to, reviving, or being the styles and especially the fashions of the past


2 of 2 prefix
: backward : back


derived from Latin re- "back, again" and Latin -tro (the final part of intro "within")

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