backdrop

[ bak-drop ]
/ ˈbækˌdrɒp /

noun

Also called, especially British, back-cloth. Theater. the rear curtain of a stage setting.
the background of an event; setting.
Gymnastics. a maneuver in which a trampolinist jumps in the air, lands on the back with the arms and legs pointed upward, and then springs up to a standing position.

verb (used with object), back·dropped or back·dropt, back·drop·ping.

to provide a setting or background for: A vast mountain range backdrops the broad expanse of lake.

Nearby words

  1. backdoor,
  2. backdoor play,
  3. backdown,
  4. backdraft,
  5. backdraught,
  6. backed,
  7. backend-to,
  8. backer,
  9. backer-up,
  10. backfall

Origin of backdrop

An Americanism dating back to 1910–15; back1 + drop

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British Dictionary definitions for backdrop

backdrop

/ (ˈbækˌdrɒp) /

noun

another name for backcloth
the background to any scene or situation
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Word Origin and History for backdrop

backdrop

n.

1913, in U.S. theatrical argot, from back (adj.) + drop (n.).

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