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background music

noun
1.
music, often recorded, intended to provide a soothing background, usually played over loudspeaker systems in public places, as railway stations or restaurants.
2.
music composed specifically to accompany and heighten the mood of a visual production, as a movie.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30
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Contemporary definitions for background-music
noun

any music that is intended as unobtrusive accompaniment or a certain atmosphere to an activity or location, or accompaniment to the dialogue or action in a motion picture; also called background

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