Definition of throwback
1 : one that is suggestive of or suited to an earlier time or style his manners were a throwback to a more polite era
2a : reversion to an earlier type or phase : atavismb : an instance or product of atavistic reversion
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Their sound is a throwback to The Black Crowes and their hair is as long as Mick Jagger's.
The garb is a throwback to Revolutionary War times, when the colors musicians wore helped commanders track their sonic signal corps.
To celebrate the occasion, both Beckhams took to social media to share throwback photos from key points in their relationship.
Eleven players on both sides wear softshell shoulder pads and helmets, the later a throwback to the NFL of the pre-1950s.
The actress enriches a first-rate role that’s a throwback to classic romantic comedies.
Saturday, 80’s Night features throwback Redbird jerseys and hat giveaway to the first 2,000 fans, pregame ‘80’s music by the Sound Machine, ‘80’s photo booth and special souvenir Redbirds t-shirts for sale.
Restaurateur Benjamin Berg opened B&B Butchers two years ago in Houston as a throwback to the butcher-shop tradition, offering both a steakhouse and meat counter.
Ace producers working with Perry have ensured the record doesn’t sound like a throwback but, rather, like a big-budget, 3D revival: bludgeoning, sure, but still an effective thrill.
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: a person or thing that is similar to someone or something from the past or that is suited to an earlier time
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