[ bak-drop ]
/ ˈbækˌdrɒp /


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.

Origin of backdrop

An Americanism dating back to 1910–15; back1 + drop Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for backdrop

/ (ˈbækˌdrɒp) /


another name for backcloth
the background to any scene or situation
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