back·​drop | \ ˈbak-ˌdräp How to pronounce backdrop (audio) \

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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The trailer for the film is very brash, showing Elizabeth and Ted's relationship blossom on the backdrop of his brutal kidnappings and murders. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything to Know About Zac Efron's New Ted Bundy Movie "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile"," 29 Jan. 2019 The models are posed in front of a simple backdrop of two clashing velvet couches showcasing the bright hues and comfortable shapes that Collection 2 offers. Scarlett Newman, Teen Vogue, "Pyer Moss’ Latest Reebok Campaign Tells a Black American Love Story," 5 Apr. 2019 For jewelry spies however, the focus of the evening was less on the colorful Lagerfeld backdrops and more on the triple strand of Van Cleef & Arpels cultured pearls worn by Princess Caroline. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Princess Caroline Wore Her Mother Grace Kelly's Pearls for the First Time Since Her Death," 1 Apr. 2019 Even as Poland in recent years has tried to reduce its reliance on foreign direct investment, international investors seek out its assets against a solid economic backdrop. Ben Dummett, WSJ, "Group Readies $1.1 Billion Bid for Poland’s Deep-Water Port Terminal," 18 Mar. 2019 And with a pretty incredible ski-slope backdrop, Steamboat is also known for being a charmingly classic mountain town. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "8 Great Places to Learn How to Ski If You've Never Been," 16 Feb. 2019 The backdrop of Tuesday’s election is a strange mixture of urban glitter, violent crime and woeful governance. Aaron M. Renn, WSJ, "A Mad Dash for City Hall in the Windy City," 22 Feb. 2019 Forming the backdrop was his life story: The scion of a Navy family, McCain was held as a prisoner of war in Vietnam and returned to serve in Congress for more than three decades. Laurie Kellman, The Seattle Times, "‘Mavericks needed’: McCain Institute wades into election," 22 Oct. 2018 The backdrop for the step-and-repeat is living moss arranged like a vertical garden. Vogue, "A Lightness of Being—Hamish Bowles on Creative Directing the 2018 Green Carpet Fashion Awards," 23 Sep. 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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