drum·​beat | \ ˈdrəm-ˌbēt How to pronounce drumbeat (audio) \

Definition of drumbeat

1 : a stroke on a drum or its sound also : a series of such strokes
2 : vociferous advocacy of a cause

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Other Words from drumbeat

drumbeater \ ˈdrəm-​ˌbē-​tər How to pronounce drumbeater (audio) \ noun
drumbeating \ ˈdrəm-​ˌbē-​tiŋ How to pronounce drumbeating (audio) \ noun

Examples of drumbeat in a Sentence

I could hear the drumbeat of a parade down the street. a dizzying drumbeat of interviews in the hours following her winning of the Academy Award

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All this rolled out against a steady drumbeat of online stories that accused her, again and again, of breaking royal protocols that do not exist. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "How Meghan Markle Is Making the Role of Duchess Her Own," 19 May 2019 Lumberton, once the backbone of America's textile manufacturing economy, has long been battered by a drumbeat of bad news. Claire Galofaro, Fox News, "Deluged by Hurricane Matthew, rural town waits for Florence," 15 Sep. 2018 While the drumbeat for Doughty as a Norris Trophy candidate is loud, Martinez has quietly taken on a bigger role. Curtis Zupke, latimes.com, "Alec Martinez will get asked to do even more for Kings' banged-up defense unit," 5 Apr. 2018 And while Charles Kushner insists his bankers are loyal, investors are eager and deals are plentiful, some business associates say the drumbeat of unflattering headlines is putting tremendous pressure on the family business. Sharon Lafraniere, BostonGlobe.com, "For Kushners, redemption in the White House was mirage," 1 Apr. 2018 Coupled with Wednesday’s findings, that drumbeat of daunting news has cast a considerable pall over the international climate talks in Poland, which began this week and are scheduled to run through Dec. 14. Chris Mooney, The Seattle Times, "‘We are in trouble.’ Global carbon emissions reached a record high in 2018.," 5 Dec. 2018 The economy is humming, the party’s centrist and liberal wings are fighting, and the drumbeat of impending Trump doom isn’t finding much accompaniment. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "McCaskill’s Intimidation Game," 26 July 2018 The drumbeat of accusations quickened: That the EPA once considered a roughly $100,000-a-month contract to lease Pruitt a private jet. Brady Dennis, Washington Post, "Scott Pruitt steps down as EPA head after ethics, management scandals," 5 July 2018 In a way, the drumbeat of LeBron criticism eventually worked in his favor. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "Kevin Durant Won't Leave the Warriors, But Maybe He Should," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of drumbeat

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of drumbeat

: the sound made by beating a drum

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