Definition of backdrop in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbakˌdräp/


1A painted cloth hung at the back of a theater stage as part of the scenery.
Example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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)

Provide a background or setting for: an ornate fountain, and at its center, backdropped with golden spray, a statue of a young girl
More example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: back·drop

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