- retroactive: retro pay.
- of or designating the style of an earlier time: retro clothes.
Origin of retro
- a prefix occurring in loanwords from Latin meaning “backward” (retrogress); on this model, used in the formation of compound words (retrorocket).
Origin of retro-
Examples from the Web for retro
“I was delighted to collaborate,” he said in the interview with Retro Report.Bringing El Salvador Nun Killers to Justice
November 10, 2014
Familiarity with search-engines helps, a strange quirk of working in this retro medium.Blurred Lines at NY Sketchbook Museum
November 1, 2014
It’s arguably the best film of the ‘90s—a postmodern pop culture smorgasbord awash in nihilism and dripping with retro cool.The Secrets of ‘Pulp Fiction’: 20 Things You Didn’t Know About the Movie on Its 20th Anniversary
October 19, 2014
Why did you feel the need to spice it up with retro tuneage?‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Filmmaker James Gunn on His Glorious Space Opera and Rise to the A-List
August 3, 2014
For just $15, you can join this deliciously fun and retro pool party in San Diego (and dare we say it, the entire West Coast).Summertime Poolness at The Lafayette Hotel
July 10, 2014
I have not come to make any base propositions to you—retro, Satanas!The Bashful Lover (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XIX)
Charles Paul de Kock
I quickly left the spot and returned to my hotel, determined to say, "Retro me, Sathanas!"Unicorns
As he fell to the floor, he was grateful it was that and not a retro gun.Forget Me Nearly
Floyd L. Wallace
If millions are offered me, I wave them back: Retro, Sathanas!The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson
Robert Louis Stevenson
I went home with a satisfied conscience, murmuring, Per la impacciata via, retro al suo duce.My New Curate
- short for retrorocket
- denoting something associated with or revived from the pastretro dressing; retro fashion
- back or backwardsretroactive
- located behindretrolental
Word Origin and History for retro
1974, from French rétro (1973), supposedly first used of a revival c.1968 of Eva Peron-inspired fashions and short for rétrograde (see retrograde). There is an isolated use in English from 1768, and the word apparently was used in 19c. French as a term in billiards. As a noun, short for retro-rocket (1948) from 1961.
word-forming element meaning "backwards; behind," from Latin retro (prep.) "backward, back, behind," also of time, "formerly, in past times," probably originally the ablative form of *reteros, based on re- "back" (see re-).
L. retro stands to re- as intro, "in, within"; to in, "in," and as citro, "hither," stands to cis, "on this side." [Klein]
Common in combinations in post-classical Latin (the classical equivalent was post-). Active in English as a word-forming element from mid-20c.
- Backward; back:retroposition.
- Situated behind:retroperitoneum.