backdrop

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

Definition of backdrop

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

Other Words from backdrop

backdrop transitive verb

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web The incident occurred against a backdrop of increasing concern in the city about gun violence in general, and a rash of serious shootings since Wednesday in particular. Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post, 31 July 2022 Against a backdrop of an economy that appears to be spiraling downward while interest rates ratchet higher, and amid runaway inflation, Americans appear ready to look for an alternative to Democratic policies. Gavin Smith, CNN, 28 July 2022 Those increases are against a backdrop of a record-setting overall increase in gun sales that began around the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Lindsay Whitehurst, Chicago Tribune, 27 July 2022 The increases are against a backdrop of a record-setting overall increase in gun sales that began around the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Lindsay Whitehurst, BostonGlobe.com, 27 July 2022 The increases are against a backdrop of a record-setting overall increase in gun sales that began around the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Lindsay Whitehurst, ajc, 27 July 2022 Those increases are against a backdrop of a record-setting overall increase in gun sales that began around the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Lindsay Whitehurst, Anchorage Daily News, 27 July 2022 The increases are against a backdrop of a record-setting overall increase in gun sales that began around the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Lindsay Whitehurst, Chron, 27 July 2022 All of that chaos is playing out against a backdrop of attacks by the far right on LGBTQ communities across the country. Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

4 Aug 2022

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“Backdrop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/backdrop. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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