Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An informal news briefing for reporters by an official often speaking off the record.

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  • n. an official briefing or document giving background information

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a press conference or interview in which a government official explains to reporters the background of an action or policy

Etymologies

background +‎ -er (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Look at what they're already doing to John Kerry in this backgrounder from the New York Times.

    June 2004

  • Jailbreakers have long had an application available to them called backgrounder, which lets them run any application in the background - and you know what?

    TechCrunch

  • Yet the agency, responding to an Ottawa Citizen request for information about HERTs as another potential component of Canada's relief operations in Haiti, replied with a 600-word backgrounder suggesting the teams are in place across the country and ready to respond to big domestic medical emergencies.

    canada.com Top Stories

  • Kieth provides all you need to know as a backgrounder ...! youtube. com / watch?

    Ace of Spades HQ

  • Featured in the backgrounder is a new essay from Michael Moynihan, Director of NDN's Green Project.

    NDN blogs

  • "The role of greenhouse gases in climate change is not well understood," the coalition said in a scientific "backgrounder" provided to lawmakers and journalists through the early 1990s, adding that "scientists differ" on the issue.

    Glenn Hurowitz: Memo to Media: Industry Spin on Climate is Still Deceiving You

  • (Charkaoui is one of five people, all citzens of Arab countries, who have been held in Canada under a Security Certificate without charge [see the CBC "backgrounder"] The Supreme Court of Canada recently agreed to hear his appeal as to whether the issuance of the Certificate against him meets the requirements of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms.)

    Archive 2005-08-01

  • Charkaoui is one of five people, all citzens of Arab countries, who have been held in Canada under a Security Certificate without charge [see the CBC "backgrounder" [3]] The Supreme Court of Canada recently agreed to hear his appeal as to whether the issuance of the Certificate against him meets the requirements of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

    Slaw » Situational Tags » Print

  • Charkaoui is one of five people, all citzens of Arab countries, who have been held in Canada under a Security Certificate without charge see the CBC "backgrounder" The Supreme Court of Canada recently agreed to hear his appeal as to whether the issuance of the Certificate against him meets the requirements of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

    Situational Tags — Slaw

  • MS. MYERS: I think we'll have some kind of backgrounder to hand out.

    Pm Press Briefing By Dee Dee Myers

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