[ re-truh-nim ]
/ ˈrɛ trə nɪm /


a term coined in modification of an original term that was used alone (as acoustic guitar instead of guitar ) to distinguish it from a term referring to a later development (as electric guitar ). Other examples of retronyms are snail mail and analog watch.

Nearby words

  1. retrolental fibroplasia,
  2. retrolingual,
  3. retromandibular vein,
  4. retromingent,
  5. retromolar pad,
  6. retroocular,
  7. retropack,
  8. retroperitoneal,
  9. retroperitoneal space,
  10. retroperitoneum

Origin of retronym

1980, Americanism; retro- + (-o)nym; coined by Frank Mankiewicz, U.S. journalist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019