background music


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Furthermore, live and background music collections remained flat on 2020, still a huge 45.1% down on 2019, and Oron tells Variety that the live sector is unlikely to return to normal levels until 2023 at the earliest. Jem Aswad, Variety, 1 Nov. 2022 Rumble posted a video using the song as background music. Ben Goggin, NBC News, 4 Oct. 2022 Any seasoned iPhone user knows that recording video will automatically turn off background music from Spotify or Apple. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 26 Apr. 2022 In the eight-minute video with background music and captions of key quotes, students at Druid Hills High School use iPhones to document the classrooms, hallways and bathrooms that are crumbling around them. Jeff Martin, Chron, 16 Apr. 2022 Conversations of all kinds drown out the background music. Saige Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 June 2022 Piedmont blues, the chief background music, contributes to a sense of place. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 7 Oct. 2022 Unbeknownst to his future wife, George started planning his proposal, down to the background music. Alex Gurley, Peoplemag, 1 Aug. 2022 Similar to most air conditioning units, the best dehumidifiers can range between 40–60 decibels, which is approximately the same noise level as a quiet library or a room with background music playing. Kat De Naoum, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 Sep. 2022 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Background music.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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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