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 Further into Willamette Valley wine country, The Vintages Trailer Resort offers refurbished and beautifully styled retro trailers with amenities like luxurious robes, a pool, and lawn games. Travel + Leisure, "8 Affordable Weekend Getaways Around the U.S.," 10 July 2020 The retro piece, which was made in 1971, has since been re-covered so the family can continue to enjoy it for years to come. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, "This 3,300-square-foot modern Louisville home was inspired by architect Frank Lloyd Wright," 10 July 2020 The Old Art Studio’s work celebrates the simplicity of this era through retro-cool sunscapes and abstract minimalist geometrics. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "Support your favorite artists with Society6’s gorgeous new face masks," 9 July 2020 The use of retro wallpaper patterns, saturated jewel-tones and bursts of animation for scene transitions can seem derivative, but is still visually appealing. Shaena Montanari, The Arizona Republic, "Bill Nighy gives a stellar performance in the quirky British comedy “Sometimes Always Never”," 9 July 2020 After the release of the Genesis Mini and the recent announcement of the Game Gear Mini, Sega doesn't show any signs of slowing down its plans for miniature retro hardware releases. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Sega’s next retro hardware is a 1/6th-scale multi-game arcade cabinet," 7 July 2020 Daniels' last musical project was in collaboration with the Beau Weevils on an album that added a contemporary twist to Daniels' retro Southern rock. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Country music star Charlie Daniels, best known for 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia,' has died at 83," 6 July 2020 Florals Floral-print isn't exactly groundbreaking for summer, but the retro pattern never fails to bring a little romance to seasonal style. Erin Parker, Glamour, "The 28 Best Swimsuits to Shop for Summer 2020," 2 July 2020 The soft tee features a retro circus pattern and matching bright red shorts add a pop of color to any afternoon adventure. Alexandra Cavallo, USA TODAY, "25 of the cutest baby outfits for summer," 29 June 2020

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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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1 Aug 2020

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“Retro.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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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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