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retronym meaning and definition

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Definition of retronym (noun)

  1. a word introduced because an existing term has become inadequate
    • "Nobody ever heard of analog clocks until digital clocks became common, so `analog clock' is a retronym"
    • "'Acoustic guitar' is a retronym that was created after the invention of the electric guitar."
    • "With the advent of smartphones, the term 'landline' became a common retronym."
    • "The term 'analog watch' is a retronym that came into use after the invention of the digital watch."
Source: Princeton University Wordnet

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