[bak-klawth, -kloth]

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for backcloth

Historical Examples of backcloth

  • Requires a dab of red in all that backcloth of green and black, doesnt it?

    Twos and Threes

    G. B. Stern

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

British Dictionary definitions for backcloth



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