Definition of retronym in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈretrōnim/


A new term created from an existing word in order to distinguish it from the meaning that has emerged through progress or technological development (e.g., cloth diaper is a retronym necessitated by the fact that diaper now more commonly refers to a disposable diaper).


1980s: blend of retro- and -onym.

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Syllabification: ret·ro·nym

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