downbeat


1down·beat

noun \ˈdan-ˌbēt\

: the downward movement that a conductor makes to show which note is played with the greatest stress or force

: the first beat of a measure of music

Full Definition of DOWNBEAT

1
:  the downward stroke of a conductor indicating the principally accented note of a measure of music; also :  the first beat of a measure
2
:  a decline in activity or prosperity

First Known Use of DOWNBEAT

1869

2downbeat

adjective

: sad or depressing : not happy or hopeful

Full Definition of DOWNBEAT

:  pessimistic, gloomy <a downbeat assessment>

Examples of DOWNBEAT

  1. <a downbeat prediction for the company's sales performance in the upcoming year>

First Known Use of DOWNBEAT

1950

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