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English definition of “backdrop”

backdrop

noun     /ˈbæk.drɒp/ US  /-drɑːp/
[C] (UK also backcloth,   /ˈbæk.klɒθ/   US  /-klɑːθ/) a large piece of cloth with buildings , countryside , etc. painted on it, hung at the back of a stage during a performance Theatres, cinemas and their parts [S] the view behind something: The mountains form a dramatic backdrop to the little village .Scenery and views [S] the general situation in which particular events happen : Their love affair began against a backdrop of war .Situations and circumstances
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