1) N-COUNT A backdrop is a large piece of cloth, often with scenery painted on it, that is hung at the back of a stage while a play is being performed.
2) N-COUNT: usu N prep The backdrop to an object or a scene is what you see behind it.

Leeds Castle will provide a dramatic backdrop to a fireworks display next Saturday...

Light colours provide an effective backdrop for pictures or a mirror.

3) N-COUNT: usu N prep The backdrop to an event is the general situation in which it happens.

The election will take place against a backdrop of increasing instability.


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