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offstage

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adverb or adjective off·stage \ˈȯf-ˈstāj, -ˌstāj\

Simple Definition of offstage

  • : on the part of the stage that the audience cannot see : behind or to the side of the stage

  • of a performer : in private life

  • : in a place that is away from public view : behind the scenes

Full Definition of offstage

  1. 1 :  on a part of the stage not visible to the audience

  2. 2 :  in private life <known offstage as a kindly person>

  3. 3 :  behind the scenes :  out of the public view <much of the important work of the conference was done offstage>

1921

First Known Use of offstage

1921


OFFSTAGE Defined for Kids

offstage

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adverb or adjective off·stage \ˈȯf-ˈstāj\

Definition of offstage

  1. :  off or away from the stage




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