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

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 Reserve Bank of Australia appears set to cut interest rates Tuesday for the first time since 2016 against the backdrop of an economy growing at its slowest pace since the global financial crisis. James Glynn, WSJ, "Glynn’s Take: Wake up Call for Australia’s Economy Watchers," 31 May 2019 In a grand display, that included a fiery runaway set against the backdrop of the Moroccan city of Marrakesh, Dior unveiled its Cruise 2020 collection. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Dior Unveiled Their Cruise 2020 Collection," 30 Apr. 2019 The photo, set against the backdrop of a romantic sunset, was captioned simply with a series of red hear emojis. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Jennifer Lopez's Engagement Rings Through the Years, Compared," 10 Mar. 2019 The intimate story of Cleo's relationship to the fracturing family and her unplanned pregnancy plays out against the backdrop of sociopolitical upheaval taking place in Mexico at the time. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything You Need To Know About Roma Before it Sweeps the 2019 Oscars," 24 Feb. 2019 Most of those showed the asteroid as a tiny dot against the backdrop of space. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "OSIRIS-REx Discovers Water on Asteroid Bennu," 11 Dec. 2018 In my mind, a vineyard wedding is a chic affair, and the focus is often on the stunning, natural backdrop. Julie Sabatino, Glamour, "18 Black Dresses (Yes, Black!) You Can Wear as a Wedding Guest," 16 May 2019 But there’s no denying the backdrop of the Brexit fiasco in Parliament and the message voters were trying to send. ... The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Britain’s Biggest Losers," 5 May 2019 Lopez captioned the picture of her giant square-cut engagement ring (set against the beautiful backdrop of a romantic sunset) with nothing but a series of red heart emojis, which was fine since the stunning rock speaks for itself. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Jennifer Lopez's Engagement Rings Through the Years, Compared," 10 Mar. 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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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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