a secondary or supplementary beat, as by a jazz drummer.
Contemporary Examples

When he opened his mouth, out came that familiar soft-spoken voice with the slightly jazzy cadence—dry ice with a backbeat.
Spending a Day With Peter O’Toole Malcolm Jones December 15, 2013

backbeat follows the early days of the Beatles in Germany and focuses on Stuart Sutcliffe and John Lennon.
11 On-Screen Portrayals of the Beatles Sujay Kumar October 6, 2010

(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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