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[bak-klawth, -kloth]
noun, plural backbak·cloths [bak-klawth z, -kloth z, -klawths, -kloths] /ˈbækˌklɔðz, -ˌklɒðz, -ˌklɔθs, -ˌklɒθs/. Chiefly British Theater.
  1. backdrop(def 1).
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Origin of back-cloth

First recorded in 1870–75
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for back-cloth

Historical Examples

  • But the first act, with the Kentish lanes and woods for a back-cloth, must have been charming.

    They and I

    Jerome K. Jerome

  • Here, a back-cloth with trees and something to do as a fountain basin.

    Three Plays

    Luigi Pirandello

  • I want the back-cloth to be a city, not to represent a city, mark you, but to be a city.

  • Behind these again dropped a back-cloth representing a stone balustrade, blue hills and fleecy clouds.