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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While the beer industry is overcoming a stigma about cans, Ohio wine has to conquer the 'all-Ohio-wine-is-sweet' drumbeat that has echoed for decades. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Vintage Ohio celebrates 25 years: How the wine festival grew," 29 July 2019 Then the festivities began, as Saad Khan walked beneath a canopy amid cheers and drumbeats, following women in colorful shawls bearing plates of candles and liquid henna. Lorraine Mirabella, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore meets Bollywood: Wedding planners, families say area has become a top choice for South Asian weddings," 10 July 2019 In a White House known for unusually high turnover, and a steady drumbeat of scandals, Acosta is the latest department chief or top presidential aide to face ethical or legal problems. Caroline S. Engelmayer, latimes.com, "Trump says he’ll look into Labor Secretary Acosta’s lenient plea deal with Jeffrey Epstein," 9 July 2019 Monday is the day when bar and bat mitzvahs are held in Israel, and drumbeats from distant celebrations mixed with the pounding of jackhammers from construction sites nearby. Rachel Poser, Harper's magazine, "Common Ground," 19 Aug. 2019 Get our daily newsletter The drumbeat has intensified as the demonstrations have grown more violent. The Economist, "Why Chinese officials imagine America is behind unrest in Hong Kong," 15 Aug. 2019 Palantir, too, has faced an increasing drumbeat of criticism, most recently over reports revealing that its software is used to directly facilitate Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids on workplaces. Sam Deanstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "A 26-year-old billionaire is building virtual border walls — and the federal government is buying," 26 July 2019 Or Ryan Day and Justin Fields could just keep the drumbeat going in Columbus, in which case, the Buckeyes will be a bear once again. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Big Ten media days are over. Here are our top takeaways," 20 July 2019 The pro-impeachment drumbeat goes on among Democrats. 2020: Acceptance POLITICO takes a look at what might happen if Trump doesn't accept the 2020 results. NBC News, "An unconventional president faces a conventional crisis," 21 June 2019

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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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