backdrop

noun
back·​drop | \ ˈbak-ˌdräp \

Definition of backdrop

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

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backdrop transitive verb

Synonyms for backdrop

Synonyms

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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In Marques’Almeida’s striped jumper and matching pants, Beyoncé coordinated perfectly with the backdrop of reds and greens on Lang’s circular canvas. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Beyoncé Just Took the Ultimate Art-Selfie in This Luxury L.A. Concept Store," 25 Jan. 2019 Pike Place Market, famous for fresh flowers, flying fish and farm fare, served as the perfect backdrop for that education. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Connected to the Craft," 3 Dec. 2018 The small town of just 3,595 residents served as the backdrop for Briar Falls, the fictional town at the heart of the festive film. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Hallmark's 'A Majestic Christmas' Was Filmed in the Cutest Small Town—And You Can Visit," 2 Dec. 2018 By Sunday night, a blanket of snow in Washington seemed to provide a calming backdrop for the discontented president. Darlene Superville, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s weekend: New Russia questions, shutdown irritants," 14 Jan. 2019 These issues provide an intriguing backdrop for today's announcement that one of the closest stars to Earth has a super-Earth companion. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Sun’s closest solo star may have company," 14 Nov. 2018 Beneath it all, a zen-like garden and fountain bring the outdoors in and provide a serene auditory backdrop throughout the house. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Octagonal midcentury home on a lake asks $489K," 12 Oct. 2018 The full moon in Aries on Monday, September 24 will provide the perfect celestial backdrop for deep-dives into the subconscious. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What September's Taurus Horoscope Means for You," 30 Aug. 2018 The brokerage says an increasingly positive industry backdrop will also help Frontier Developments’ shares to move back toward Liberum’s current share-price target of 1,800 pence. WSJ, "European Equities Market Talk Roundup," 15 Jan. 2019

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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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backdrop

noun

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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