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

Other Words from drumbeat

drumbeater \ ˈdrəm-​ˌbē-​tər How to pronounce drumbeat (audio) \ noun
drumbeating \ ˈdrəm-​ˌbē-​tiŋ How to pronounce drumbeat (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 After the apparent massacres of civilians in Bucha and other sites of Russian withdrawal, there has been a steady drumbeat from the White House, NATO, the EU and other international leaders all calling for accountability. Ruti Teitel, CNN, 6 Apr. 2022 Moscow, in another escalation toward a possible invasion of Ukraine, is issuing a growing drumbeat of accusations, all without evidence, that center on a single word. New York Times, 19 Feb. 2022 At the same time, Apple’s drumbeat to return to the office has jarred some employees, leading to engineering defections. Mark Gurman, Fortune, 29 Dec. 2021 Yet after a two-year drumbeat of deaths, even 1 million can feel abstract. Adam Geller, Chron, 14 Apr. 2022 This focus on the protection and safety of children and other vulnerable groups has become an increasingly loud drumbeat around the topic of the metaverse as critics point to the troubled trajectory of Facebook. Adario Strange, Quartz, 13 Apr. 2022 Yet after a two-year drumbeat of deaths, even 1 million can feel abstract. Adam Geller, Hartford Courant, 13 Apr. 2022 But that drumbeat ran afoul of the rest of the party’s messaging, which opposes tax cuts for wealthy Americans. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 6 Apr. 2022 Biden is also facing a drumbeat of pressure from some key Democratic lawmakers who are urging him to do more and cancel $50,000 per borrower. Katie Lobosco, CNN, 27 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of drumbeat

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 May 2022

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“Drumbeat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drumbeat. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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