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retro

[ re-troh ]
/ ˈrɛ troʊ /
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adjective Informal.
retroactive: retro pay.
of or designating the style of an earlier time: retro clothes.

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Origin of retro

By shortening

Other definitions for retro (2 of 2)

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-

<Latin, representing retrō (adv.), backward, back, behind
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British Dictionary definitions for retro (1 of 2)

retro
/ (ˈrɛtrəʊ) /

noun plural -ros
short for retrorocket
adjective
denoting something associated with or revived from the pastretro dressing; retro fashion

British Dictionary definitions for retro (2 of 2)

retro-

prefix
back or backwardsretroactive
located behindretrolental

Word Origin for retro-

from Latin retrō behind, backwards
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Medical definitions for retro

retro-

pref.
Backward; back:retroposition.
Situated behind:retroperitoneum.
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