background music


: music to accompany the dialogue or action of a motion picture or radio or television drama

Examples of background music in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But what the article highlighted were the numerous ways radio signals were being used that the average listener was likely not even aware of—for background music, for stock reports, even to transmit computerized data. IEEE Spectrum, 8 June 2021 Of course, background music wouldn’t be possible to pipe in while cameras were rolling, but that pin-drop-quiet dining room felt so eerie and sterile. Rachel Bernhard, Journal Sentinel, 9 May 2024 The partnership is designed to help promote a more accurate and transparent breakdown of royalty distributions to music creators by recognizing background music being played via Audoo Audio Meteres and reporting the data back to IMRO. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, 2 May 2024 Jaws dropped in awe, fingers pointed to the sky and a chorus of screams became steady background music as day turned into night. Lina Ruiz, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 9 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for background music 

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Word History

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of background music was in 1928

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“Background music.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

background music

: music played to go along with and add to the story or mood of a movie or radio or television show

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