What does ROMEO stand for re: old men?

Retired Old Men Eating Out

ROMEO (Retired Old Men Eating Out) clubs are comprised of male retirees who meet up regularly to eat and socialize at restaurants. Many U.S. cities have at least one ROMEO club, whose members meet one or more times a month to swap stories and share a meal.

According to, ROMEO clubs "have been around for several decades in the U.S. and other countries." In Tom Brokaw's book The Greatest Generation, he credits Cambridge, Massachusetts's John Caulfield with creating the first ROMEO club. (Others say the ROMEO acronym and first ROMEO club originated elsewhere.)

Most ROMEO clubs are fairly informal groups, which are led by a facilitator but otherwise do not have much structure. However, maintains a list of active ROMEO clubs, to encourage both club membership and networking among clubs.


John, when am I gonna get you to a ROMEO meetup?
Maybe after I actually retire!'s associated Facebook page's associated Facebook page

Related Slang


Updated December 7, 2023

ROMEO definition by

This page explains what the acronym "ROMEO" means. The definition, example, and related terms listed above have been written and compiled by the team.

We are constantly updating our database with new slang terms, acronyms, and abbreviations. If you would like to suggest a term or an update to an existing one, please let us know!