backgrounder

noun back·ground·er \ ˈbak-ˌ(g)rau̇n-dər \

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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First Known Use of backgrounder

1942

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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