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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In the absence of a miniature Nintendo 64, Sony has decided to keep the new holiday tradition of tiny, retro throwback consoles alive with its PlayStation Classic. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "PlayStation Classic review: a journey through the exciting, awkward days of early 3D games," 27 Nov. 2018 Fortnite might be all the rage right now, but retro consoles are also having a moment. Adam Schubak, Good Housekeeping, "We Figured Out How You Can Buy All Your Christmas Gifts on a $500 Budget," 21 Nov. 2018 Beloved by media types for its digital arts programming and impressive screening room, a stay gets you into seven stories of member space including the restaurant, bar, lounges, galleries, cinema, and pool–all with strong retro vibes. Rachel Waldman, Vogue, "7 Exclusive Social Clubs Where Non-Members Can Stay the Night," 17 July 2018 Photo: Reuters/Stephen lam For a company that prides itself on never looking back, Apple Inc.’s new videogame service is based on a decidedly retro idea—getting players to pay up front. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Apple’s Arcade Is a Blast From the Past," 27 Mar. 2019 This ModCloth style from ModCloth boasts a similarly retro appeal. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid Coordinate Their Looks in Paris," 27 Sep. 2018 Given the Wreck-It Ralph franchise’s origin as a bit of retro gaming nostalgia, the experience also embraces an old-school competitive mechanic: points. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "The Void’s Ralph Breaks VR puts players inside a giant interactive Disney movie," 21 Nov. 2018 The suits featured chevron prints in orange-and-green and yellow-and-gray, a bright watercolor-esque pattern, and some seriously retro vibes. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "BTS Wore Coordinated Printed Suits on Good Morning America," 26 Sep. 2018 Its Science After Sundown events feature stargazing and retro sci-fi flicks through 11 p.m. on those evenings. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando Science Center plans late nights, stargazing sessions," 3 July 2018

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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

adjective

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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