Definition of backdrop in English:


Syllabification: back·drop
Pronunciation: /ˈbakˌdräp


  • 1A painted cloth hung at the back of a theater stage as part of the scenery.
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    • Alex is happy with the Art Alliance and has volunteered to paint some scenery backdrops for them.
    • His father was an artist who designed backdrops for movies and stage plays.
    • Olivier used painted backdrops of French fields and castles that were intended to suggest medieval artistic renderings.
  • 1.1The setting or background for a scene, event, or situation: the conference took place against a backdrop of increasing diplomatic activity
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    • This movie is a work of fiction, but it's played against a backdrop of historical events.
    • Old insights are merely recycled in different permutations against a backdrop of current circumstances.
    • The building demonstrations come against a backdrop of continued violence in the country.

verb (backdrops, backdropping, backdropped)

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  • Provide a background or setting for: an ornate fountain, and at its center, backdropped with golden spray, a statue of a young girl
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    • Not only is it busy movement-wise, the stage is a feast of visuals, with a blocky, retro cityscape pattern backdropping the slinky white and black costumes of the dancers.
    • The country's bicentenary celebrations are backdropped by more political turmoil and a state of near-civil war.
    • This one-off single sees the band present a genuinely beautiful take on Punjabi folk, backdropped by a loping funk beat and breathtakingly lovely guitar.

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