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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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The backdrop of the Eden Project will be fitting for the occasion: The giant bio-domes are home to a tropical rainforest where visitors are educated about the effects of climate change. Ollie A Williams, Forbes, 11 June 2021 Try it as a backdrop for your gallery wall or on the front door to give guests a warm welcome. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 June 2021 On June 29, 1863, Westminster served as the backdrop for a pivotal moment in the Civil War. Madison Bateman,, 9 June 2021 The backdrop was in stark contrast to photos taken two years earlier at Oracle Park, where the section, thanks to the Giants, annually holds its championship game and where the Cardinals regularly dog pile after the final out. Mitch Stephens, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 May 2021 The backdrop is a socially fraught 1969, when over the course of six summer weeks the Harlem Cultural Festival was a showcase of Black artists and audiences. Star Tribune, 14 May 2021 With the backdrop of a global pandemic that shut down most of public life, waking up every morning and logging in to Zoom for class is a resilient and worthy achievement. Adrienne So, Wired, 13 May 2021 Chatman, meanwhile, is much more introspective, using nature as a backdrop for weightier issues of race, class and history. oregonlive, 10 May 2021 But the backdrop for the subcommittee’s hearing was vastly different from a year ago, with President Joe Biden now proposing a $2 trillion plan for infrastructure projects. Kevin Spear,, 6 May 2021

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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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17 Jun 2021

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“Backdrop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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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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