background music


Definition of background music

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

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The freestyle concludes with Smith hilariously dancing to the background music while a rocking a green kilt and knee-high socks. Mitchell Peters, Billboard, "Watch Will Smith Rock a Green Kilt and Knee-High Socks in St. Patrick's Day Freestyle," 18 Mar. 2018 Your taps of buttons (d-pad left and right, d-pad up and down, block rotation) typically come with sound effects and musical notes, and the taps' associated notes are often in sync with whatever background music is percolating. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Tetris Effect review: The puzzle game of my dreams—literally," 9 Nov. 2018 The background music—smooth jazz or the blues, most likely—adds to the sophisticated feel. Condé Nast Traveler, "21 Best Bars in Sydney," 27 Feb. 2018 Loud background music in a supermarket similarly nudged customers toward less healthful purchases, compared with softer music. Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, "‘I’ll Have the Cake.’ The Music Made Me Do It.," 31 May 2018 The tunes are broadcast as background music, or are sometimes completely inaudible. Judy Cantor-navas, Billboard, "The Drain in Spain: Why Late-Night Spanish TV Is Costing Global Music Publishers Tens of Millions A Year," 28 June 2018 Starting today, users will be able to add background music to their posts on their Stories, with a thousands of songs offered directly in the app (including actually popular music by artists like Bruno Mars, Demi Lovato, and Maroon 5). Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Instagram stories are getting soundtracks as the feature hits 400 million daily users," 28 June 2018 Photo: Kathleen Hughes/The Wall Street Journal The spokeswoman said Rite Aid has the right to play background music through a deal with a company that supplies it digitally. Kathleen A. Hughes, WSJ, "He Writes the Songs That Make the Neighbors Cry ‘No More Barry Manilow!’," 27 June 2018 Now there’s evidence that loud background music affects patrons’ food choices — and not in a good way. Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, "‘I’ll Have the Cake.’ The Music Made Me Do It.," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of background music

1928, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of background music

: music that is played in a movie, television show, etc., to go along with and add to the story or mood

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