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


1. any document containing background information about something
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a press conference or interview in which a government official, directly or indirectly, gives background information on a policy or issue


(ˈbækˌgraʊn dər)

a briefing by an official who has been promised anonymity in reports of the briefing.
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Noun1.backgrounder - a press conference or interview in which a government official explains to reporters the background of an action or policybackgrounder - a press conference or interview in which a government official explains to reporters the background of an action or policy; "the secretary gave us a backgrounder on public health issues"
news conference, press conference - a conference at which press and tv reporters ask questions of a politician or other celebrity
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