Definition of retro in English:

retro

adjective

  • Imitative of a style or fashion from the recent past:

    ‘retro 60s fashions’
    • ‘The diner was an 80's retro diner that looked like it was still from the 80's.’
    • ‘The Night Gallery is a small cabaret that has Hard Rock Café styled décor with retro memorabilia covering the walls from floor to ceiling.’
    • ‘Making over the icon and putting the classic glass bottles back in circulation may have a certain retro appeal with Coke's younger drinkers.’
    • ‘They make music that, though heavily steeped in the past, is neither cold nor regular nor retro.’
    • ‘The style is heightened by the restrained color palette and decidedly retro feel to the animation.’
    • ‘It was furnished in a retro - 1950s style, not because he liked that style, but because his mother had extra pieces she did not need.’
    • ‘But when a graphic designer uses a typeface that is older than 30 years, it is dismissed as retro, nostalgia or emptiness.’
    • ‘They all turned to see a freckled face red-haired girl in a 80's retro type green dress and pumps.’
    • ‘The resulting song feels overproduced and too distinctly current, and temporarily hinders the album's retro charm.’
    • ‘The result is a car which is both modern and retro in its looks.’
    • ‘The graphically crisp, retro lettering style adds a whiff of nostalgia to this evocation of language's reflexive capacity.’
    • ‘The song pulled off a handsome trick, being both retro and modern simultaneously, combining the old Cullum with the new.’
    • ‘The Bandai-published remake delivers the best of both ages, making over retro robot designs with flashy modern animation.’
    • ‘Every designer needs a good stock photo collection or your designs may start to look dated or retro, awkward or tired.’
    • ‘The designers have pulled off the difficult trick of taking the inspiration from a classic shape while making the car look fresh rather than retro.’
    • ‘The 1980's retro styles will appear fresher because of the above knee shorter skirt length.’
    • ‘It was almost a retro 50's style of a male high school student.’
    • ‘Its retro art style gives it an appealing timeless quality, an allegory about the relationship between humans and technology that sums up the core of all science fiction.’
    • ‘‘It's easy to go retro because people are always going to be familiar with it,’ adds Olejar.’
    • ‘The decor is an eclectic mélange of retro and modern.’
    in period style, period, nostalgic, evocative, of yesteryear, olde worlde
    dated, old-fashioned, backward-looking, retrogressive, out of date, passé
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Origin

1960s: from French rétro, abbreviation of rétrograde retrograde.

Pronunciation:

retro

/ˈrɛtrəʊ/