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retro- +‎ -onym; coined by Frank Mankiewicz and popularized by William Safire in The New York Times

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retronym ‎(plural retronyms)

  1. (grammar) A new word or phrase coined for an old object or concept whose original name has become used for something else or is no longer unique (such as acoustic guitar where guitar used to mean this but can now also refer to an electric guitar).
    • 1982 December 26, William Safire, “On Language: Watch what you say”, in New York Times[1]:
      The phrase is a retronym, the term Frank Mankiewicz has coined to describe names of familiar objects or events that need a modifier to catch up to more modern objects: day baseball and natural turf are in the same category as analog watch.

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retronym n (singular definite retronymet, plural indefinite retronymer)

  1. (grammar, rare) retronym

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EtymologyEdit

retro- +‎ -onym

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retronym c

  1. retronym

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Inflection of retronym 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative retronym retronymen retronymer retronymerna
Genitive retronyms retronymens retronymers retronymernas

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