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back·​stage ˈbak-ˌstāj How to pronounce backstage (audio)
: of, relating to, or occurring in the area behind the stage and especially in the dressing rooms
: of or relating to the private lives of theater people
: of or relating to the inner working or operation (as of an organization)


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back·​stage ˈbak-ˈstāj How to pronounce backstage (audio)
: in or to a backstage area
: in private : secretly

Examples of backstage in a Sentence

Adverb After the show, we went backstage to meet the band. some of the most important decisions were made backstage, and only presented to the full committee afterward
Recent Examples on the Web
Producers Maria Altamirano, Barry Jenkins and Adele Romanski are backstage with me, as well as some of the team of distributor A24. Raven Jackson, Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2023 Black & Yellow Jimmy Fallon and Chelsea Handler share a backstage moment at The Tonight Show on Oct. 4. Alexandra Schonfeld, Peoplemag, 6 Oct. 2023 Adding to all the backstage drama is Clea (Rebecca Liddiard), the props manager who’s angling to find a way for her girlfriend, Rachel (Vinessa Antoine), who’s understudying role of Salome, to get her shot in the spotlight. Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Sep. 2023 The interaction was captured on video as Hailey was backstage with her father, Stephen Baldwin, when Justin had an appearance on the Today show. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 14 Sep. 2023 All Elite Wrestling fired one of its top wrestlers, CM Punk, just days after he got involved in a backstage confrontation with fellow wrestler Jack Perry. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 2 Sep. 2023 Styles descends down the ladder, revealing the backstage landscape of a circus crew adorned by just about every act that could be featured in such a decadent show. Mckinley Franklin, Variety, 19 July 2023 Fans of Disturbed, meanwhile, can down backstage beers with the metal icons thanks to Superfan Live’s preshow offerings. Leena Tailor, Rolling Stone, 28 June 2023 At her first-ever show, the backstage bathroom scene was troubling. Tatiana Siegel, Variety, 20 June 2023
After the show, Swift was spotted in an adorable video running into Kelce’s arms, sharing a big kiss before disappearing together backstage. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 14 Nov. 2023 Their first public outing together was in November 2022, when they were photographed backstage at a Bono concert in Los Angeles. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 13 Nov. 2023 The other name was harder to make out, and he was asked about it backstage. Chris Willman, Variety, 9 Nov. 2023 Brian McIntire, owner of Precinct, is less impressed as the group sidles up to the door then heads backstage. Marah Eakin, Los Angeles Times, 7 Nov. 2023 Rapper Tupac Shakur poses for photos backstage after his performance at the Regal Theater in Chicago, Illinois in March 1994. CBS News, 2 Nov. 2023 In Oklahoma City, news traveled backstage that someone had entered Public Enemy’s dressing room and stolen Chuck D’s signature black leather jacket. Staci Robinson, Rolling Stone, 4 Nov. 2023 Justin Theroux and Actress Nicole Brydon Bloom Step Out Together in New York City At the end of the night, Bloom was observed wearing Theroux’s jacket around her shoulders to keep warm before joining him backstage ahead of the auction. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 4 Nov. 2023 Playmaker Kelsi is back at the piano; Chad, Taylor and Ryan are living their best lives backstage; Troy and Gabriella are reunited onstage; Efron and Hudgens are magic onscreen; the harmonies are like butter; and all is right in the High School Musical Cinematic Universe. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 24 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1901, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of backstage was in 1880

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“Backstage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


adverb or adjective
: in or to an area behind the stage of a theater

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