back-cloth

[ bak-klawth, -kloth ]
/ ˈbækˌklɔθ, -ˌklɒθ /
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noun, plural backbak·cloths [bak-klawth z, -kloth z, -klawths, -kloths] /ˈbækˌklɔðz, -ˌklɒðz, -ˌklɔθs, -ˌklɒθs/. Chiefly British Theater.

Origin of back-cloth

First recorded in 1870–75
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Examples from the Web for backcloth

  • In Marius the background is merely a backcloth for mental poses plastiques.

British Dictionary definitions for backcloth

backcloth

/ (ˈbækˌklɒθ) /

noun

a large painted curtain hanging at the back of a stage setAlso called: backdrop
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