drumbeat

noun
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

Keep scrolling for more

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
Recent Examples on the Web Free gift cards in Colleyville Colleyville, situated west of Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, marches to its own drumbeat. Dallas News, "Dallas is booming with price gouging complaints while another city gives its residents free money," 26 Mar. 2020 Yet officials sense their continued drumbeat of warnings is losing its punch in Europe, so the administration is shifting its approach. David Mccabe, BostonGlobe.com, "Huawei is winning the argument in Europe, as the US fumbles to develop alternatives," 17 Feb. 2020 Yet officials sense their continued drumbeat of warnings is losing its punch in Europe, so the administration is shifting its approach. David Mccabe, New York Times, "Huawei Is Winning the Argument in Europe, as the U.S. Fumbles to Develop Alternatives," 17 Feb. 2020 The drumbeat of grim news — one million known coronavirus cases in the United States, businesses are collapsing, the unemployment rate could reach 16 percent — has done little to deter stocks’ upward march. Matt Phillips, New York Times, "The Bad News Won’t Stop, but Markets Keep Rising," 29 Apr. 2020 Maybe the advice has started to sound repetitive, but the steady drumbeat about good personal hygiene and continued physical distancing carries on for a reason: Those measures have worked at slowing the spread of COVID-19, experts say. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "As Alaska continues to open, here’s what you can do to stay safe and healthy," 29 Apr. 2020 Since 2016, there has been a steady drumbeat from commentators insisting that something must have gone very wrong for the people to have allowed the election of Donald Trump. Kevin Baker, Harper's Magazine, "Losing My Religion," 30 Mar. 2020 This steady drumbeat of ransomware attacks against state and local government agencies, including school districts, has not gone unnoticed by citizens. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Back to school: With latest attack, ransomware cancels classes in Flagstaff," 5 Sep. 2019 Since 2016, there has been a steady drumbeat from commentators insisting that something must have gone very wrong for the people to have allowed the election of Donald Trump. Kevin Baker, Harper's Magazine, "Losing My Religion," 30 Mar. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'drumbeat.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of drumbeat

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about drumbeat

Time Traveler for drumbeat

Time Traveler

The first known use of drumbeat was in 1817

See more words from the same year

Statistics for drumbeat

Last Updated

5 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Drumbeat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drumbeat. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for drumbeat

drumbeat

noun
How to pronounce drumbeat (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of drumbeat

: the sound made by beating a drum

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on drumbeat

What made you want to look up drumbeat? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

May 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a blooming wisteria tree
  • Which is a synonym of exiguous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!