Definition of backdrop
1 : a painted cloth hung across the rear of a stage
2 : background
Examples of backdrop in a Sentence
The mountains provided a perfect backdrop for the wedding photos.
The novel unfolds against a backdrop of war.
The city provides the backdrop for the love story.
Recent Examples of backdrop from the Web
The wrangling between the White House and Treasury over when the government will run out of money and what to do about it adds to the chaotic political backdrop of the Trump White House.
Against the backdrop of rapid urbanization, high immigration, and the rise of mass education, municipal authorities installed bathing facilities to socialize the urban poor into the habits of sanitation.
In this Dec. 9, 2015 file photo, cattle graze in a pasture against a backdrop of wind turbines which are part of the 155 turbine Smoky Hill Wind Farm near Vesper, Kan.
An other-worldly story, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963.
Against the gilded backdrop of the Palace of Versailles, Mr. Macron and Mr. Putin pledged to work with each other to fight terrorism.
And for every junior college player, that has been the dream destination since 1959, with Suplizio Field and its majestic mountain backdrop serving as host.
Orca Encounter at the former Shamu stadium is a new show focused on killer whale behavior in the wild with a new Pacific Northwest backdrop and infinity video screen.
But Reilly's comments — which upset Texans enough to provoke an editorial in the Dallas Morning News — formed part of the backdrop to a swelling of local pride over the last week.
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First Known Use of backdrop
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Definition of backdrop for English Language Learners
: a painted cloth that is hung across the back of a stage
: the scene or scenery that is in the background
: the setting or conditions within which something happens
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