back·​drop | \ˈbak-ˌdräp \

Definition of backdrop 

1 : a painted cloth hung across the rear of a stage

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Other Words from backdrop

backdrop transitive verb

Synonyms for backdrop


background, ground

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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.
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Slicked taut in the front with a skyscraping, shoulder-blade-grazing backdrop of hair, Elizabeth’s high-slung ponytail was topped off with a trio of crystal hair ornaments in jewel tone shades of emerald, lapis, turquoise, and gold along the crown. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Versace Just Served Up a Jaw-Dropping New Take on I Dream of Jeannie Hair," 3 Dec. 2018 In another moment, the Duchess was seen putting her hand on her husband's back while chatting with some of their hosts against a scenic backdrop. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Couldn't Stop the PDA After Their Baby Announcement," 15 Oct. 2018 Meanwhile, the community itself edges up to having a personality at the beginning of the story, then fades into a dim backdrop of generic grey folk, going along with any prevailing wind. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Netflix’s Apostle takes The Wicker Man to a radical new level," 12 Oct. 2018 Set against the backdrop of a generic pop song, teens sit or stand in front of their cameras and incorporate quick outfit changes to the song’s beat. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "In defense of TikTok, the joyful, slightly cringe-inducing spiritual successor to Vine," 5 Nov. 2018 The Big-Deal Novel Set against the backdrop of the 2008 financial crisis, Something Great and Beautiful takes us from India to Portofino and the high-stakes world of Wall Street. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "The Five Books Everyone Will Be Talking About in September," 5 Sep. 2018 That image of cordiality with the backdrop of the palace had been unthinkable until last month, before Sanchez defeated the former prime minister Mariano Rajoy in a parliamentary no confidence vote. Aritz Parra, The Seattle Times, "Spanish, Catalan leaders meet to bridge gap over secession," 9 July 2018 The council has selected a design with a blue backdrop and write lettering for the signs. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Yorkville looks at signs to draw more people downtown," 9 July 2018 Schuh touted the road investment during a news conference in Pasadena, with Edwin Raynor Boulevard as his backdrop. Elisha Sauers,, "County Executive Schuh touts $4 million boost for filling potholes and paving roads in Anne Arundel," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of backdrop

1866, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of backdrop was in 1866

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English Language Learners Definition of backdrop

: 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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