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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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 Against this backdrop, though, there is another, equally pressing issue, chafing against the noses and chins of the women who make up 77% of the NHS workforce: the size of PPE. Sophie Wilkinson,, "PPE Doesn’t Fit Women & It’s Putting Them At Risk," 30 Apr. 2020 Against this backdrop of suspense and hope, Nick wonders if Ellie could really be interested in him? Joan Gaylord, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘Love, Unscripted’ is a rom-com homage, but transcends the genre," 15 Apr. 2020 Against this backdrop, postal workers struck a different note than commercial mailers. Popular Science, "The 2001 anthrax attacks could have made the USPS more secure. Instead it’s more vulnerable than ever.," 14 Apr. 2020 Seen against this backdrop, the lessons from the fallout of aid in the Nicobars become even more relevant. Scientific American, "How Disaster Aid Ravaged an Island People," 25 Mar. 2020 Koger, a 2011 Huntsville High graduate, recently put together a video about living in China and his job as a teacher and all with the backdrop of the coronavirus. Paul Gattis |, al, "Ex-Alabama Mr. Baseball shows life as an English teacher in Shanghai amid the coronavirus outbreak," 6 Mar. 2020 Against this backdrop of climate and food availability, the model could simulate how bird migration would be expected to shift over time. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Did birds still migrate during ice ages?," 18 Feb. 2020 Against this backdrop, the EDL CDU continues to expand. Monica M. Ruiz, Wired, "To Bolster Cybersecurity, the US Should Look to Estonia," 14 Feb. 2020 Against this backdrop, investigating war crimes that may involve powerful figures is a dangerous pursuit. Natalie Keyssar, National Geographic, "The cold cases of Guatemala’s civil war were impossible to identify—until now," 19 Dec. 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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23 May 2020

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“Backdrop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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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