backdrop - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    everything that you can see behind the main thing you are looking at

    The lake and mountains provided a dazzling backdrop for the ceremony.

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  2. 2
    the situation or place in which something happens

    Her new novel has 19th-century China as its backdrop.

    Negotiations were carried out against a backdrop of continued fighting.