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[bak-beet] /ˈbækˌbit/
noun, Popular Music.
a secondary or supplementary beat, as by a jazz drummer.
Origin of backbeat
back1 + beat Unabridged
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Examples from the web for backbeat
  • Economics does not determine history, but it does provide the backbeat.
  • On a double bill, they're inspiring enough to restore one's faith in the power of the backbeat.
  • backbeat a rhythmic emphasis on the second and fourth beats of a measure.
  • The sound of villagers pounding rice forms the backbeat of my waking hours.
  • In the photos, some grads smile broadly, while stay serious with a backbeat of pride.
  • The third variation is a heavily syncopated deconstruction of the main theme with a lumbering jazzy backbeat.
  • The organ is pumping, and the choir is swaying and clapping to the backbeat.
British Dictionary definitions for backbeat


(music) the second and fourth beats of a bar written in even time or, in more complex time signatures, the last beat of the bar Compare downbeat (sense 1), upbeat (sense 1)
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