back·​ground·​er | \ ˈbak-ˌ(g)rau̇n-dər How to pronounce backgrounder (audio) \

Definition of backgrounder

1 : an off-the-record briefing for reporters
2 : something (such as an essay) that provides background information about a particular subject She believes birds are the best model for understanding human language. But before making her argument, she offers a highly informative backgrounder on bird song.— K. C. Cole

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Recent Examples on the Web Intelligence analysts provide backgrounders on potential threats. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, "Secret Service protection of presidential candidates factors in aggressive crowds, mass shootings," 5 Mar. 2020 Getty Images/Science Source Before diving into the current outbreak more deeply, let’s pause for a quick backgrounder on Ebola. Julia Belluz, Vox, "There’s a new outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.," 11 May 2018 These five nights serve mostly as backgrounders—offering information to viewers that will make their experience following the royal wedding more fun. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "5 Things Every Royal-Wedding-Obsessed Fan Should Watch," 7 May 2018 The backgrounder provided small insights on numerous rides, including the Mustang GT500, the Explorer ST, and the Mach 1, yet the outline of the Bronco might have stolen the event. Tony Markovich, Car and Driver, "The New Ford Bronco Looks Like It’s Going to Be Awesome (Plus There’s a Baby Bronco!)," 15 Mar. 2018 Bosker delivers a delightful and thoroughly reported backgrounder in this droll memoir chronicling her winding path to becoming a sommelier. Matthew Heimer, Fortune, "Fortune's Favorite Business Books of the Year," 13 Dec. 2017 Their in-depth reports serve as excellent backgrounders: The Harris County Sheriff’s Office has been tweeting extensively, including Sheriff Ed Gonzalez himself. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "How to Track the Ongoing Fallout From Harvey," 28 Aug. 2017 A backgrounder compiled by the district in February stated that Tanglewood, built in 1960, has about 250 more students than its capacity of 594. Diane Smith,, "Facilities town hall meetings underway in Fort Worth school district," 23 May 2017 Hawaiian adds in a backgrounder explaining its changes. Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY, "Hawaiian updates its aircraft livery, logo," 1 May 2017

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First Known Use of backgrounder

1942, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Backgrounder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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