backgrounder definition by Webster's New World
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- a briefing, as by a government official, specif. of newspersons who agree not to name that official in their reports
- a printed handout containing background information
backgrounder definition by American Heritage Dictionary
An informal news briefing for reporters by an official often speaking off the record.