Meaning of “backdrop” in the English Dictionary

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"backdrop" in British English

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uk /ˈbæk.drɒp/ us /ˈbæk.drɑːp/

[ C ] UK also backcloth, uk /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

[ S ] the view behind something:

The mountains form a dramatic backdrop to the little village.

[ S ] the general situation in which particular events happen:

Their love affair began against a backdrop of war.

(Definition of “backdrop” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"backdrop" in American English

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backdropnoun [ U ]

us /ˈbækˌdrɑp/

the things that can be seen behind something:

A backdrop to an event is a situation that already exists and that influences the event:

Today we work against the backdrop of an industry in the midst of change.

(Definition of “backdrop” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)