from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Retroactive: retro pay.
  • adj. Involving, relating to, or reminiscent of things past; retrospective: "As is often the case in retro fashion, historical accuracy is somewhat beside the point” ( New York Times).
  • n. A fashion, decor, design, or style reminiscent of things past.

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  • adj. of, or relating to the past, past times, or the way things were
  • adj. affecting things past; retroactive, ex post facto
  • n. something, such as a fashion, from the past; a retro trend
  • n. a retrorocket


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From French rétro.



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  • In NASA control rooms, short for Retrofire Officer (used during Apollo missions).

    July 25, 2009

  • I read blogs where retro is bandied around to describe things that my mum threw out because they were old rubbish. Clearly I don't have any future in style - which pleases me.

    June 15, 2009

  • I've got no problem with retro fashion, except that it's not taken far enough. To dress, dance, discourse like a Victorian, say, or a Phoenician, or a Jute - that's stylish. But pretending it's the 1980's is a bit sad, and not at all original.

    June 9, 2009