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1. Retroactive: retro pay.
2. Involving, relating to, or reminiscent of an earlier time; retrospective: "As is often the case in retro fashion, historical accuracy is somewhat beside the point" (New York Times).
n. pl. ret·ros
Fashion or style, as in music, reminiscent of an earlier time.


n, pl -ros
(Astronautics) short for retrorocket
(Clothing & Fashion) denoting something associated with or revived from the past: retro dressing; retro fashion.


(ˈrɛ troʊ)

1. retroactive.
2. of or designating the style of an earlier time: retro clothes.
[1970–75; by shortening]


a prefix meaning “back, backward”: retrogress; retrorocket.
[< Latin, representing retrō (adv.), backward, back, behind]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.retro - a fashion reminiscent of the pastretro - a fashion reminiscent of the past  
fashion - the latest and most admired style in clothes and cosmetics and behavior
Adj.1.retro - affecting things past; "retroactive tax increase"; "an ex-post-facto law"; "retro pay"
retrospective - concerned with or related to the past; "retrospective self-justification"


adjective old-time, old, former, past, period, antique, old-fashioned, nostalgia, old-world, bygone, of yesteryear original versions of today's retro looks


adj [fashion, style, music, furniture] → rétro inv
the retro look → le look rétro
nrétro m


n (= retrorocket)Bremsrakete f
(Mus, Fashion) → Retro-; retro musicRetromusik f
(inf: = outdated) → retro (inf)
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