back·​beat | \ ˈbak-ˌbēt How to pronounce backbeat (audio) \

Definition of backbeat

: a steady pronounced rhythm stressing the second and fourth beats of a four-beat measure

Examples of backbeat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web George’s sensitivity and introspection draw you in close, and Ringo is the groove, the swing, the backbeat. Liza Lentini, SPIN, 27 May 2022 At the center of this ballet mécanique is Haake, who nails diabolically tricky accents while somehow holding down a stoic backbeat groove. Hank Shteamer, Rolling Stone, 15 Mar. 2022 Popular moods and tones are more dominant on this recording, with Cobbs’s rolling chords meshing with a backbeat, a rollicking march, and jaunty blues. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 26 Apr. 2022 From the simple backbeat to the light tropical flares throughout, the way in which this breezy track saunters on is not only refreshing but also allows listeners to fully realize the passion in Becerra’s delivery. Joe Lynch, Billboard, 28 Feb. 2022 Through it all, there's a backbeat of criticism from progressives who fear the court's slant to the right since the Trump Administration. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 9 Feb. 2022 The creeping backbeat of Tove Lo’s latest quickly pulls listeners into the dark and enticing world of Euphoria, the show for which this original song was created. Jason Lipshutz, Billboard, 31 Jan. 2022 For one thing, his comedy coexisted with a thrumming backbeat of rumor and innuendo about his misdeeds, before the story eventually blew open. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 22 Jan. 2022 And Henderson’s sponsor character deals with anxieties of her own around potential parenthood, emphasizing the show’s subtle backbeat around relationships between mothers and children and their pitfalls. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 13 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of backbeat

1928, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jun 2022

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“Backbeat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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