back·​stage | \ ˈbak-ˌstāj How to pronounce backstage (audio) \

Definition of backstage

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or occurring in the area behind the stage and especially in the dressing rooms
2 : of or relating to the private lives of theater people
3 : of or relating to the inner working or operation (as of an organization)


back·​stage | \ ˈbak-ˈstāj How to pronounce backstage (audio) \

Definition of backstage (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : in or to a backstage area
2 : in private : secretly

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Synonyms & Antonyms for backstage

Synonyms: Adverb

Antonyms: Adverb

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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: Adjective Alan and Alexander introduce the show’s segments from backstage locations such as a dressing room and a rehearsal room — where the theater’s original, smaller stage was located. Matthew J. Palm,, "Spiffy retrospective celebrates Winter Park Playhouse in style," 17 Nov. 2020 And there were definitely backstage stories before. Jessica Iredale, Town & Country, "Isaac Mizrahi's Unzipped at 25: Y’aren’t Ever Gonna See a Fashion Documentary Like This Again," 18 Oct. 2020 Unusually, Elliott will be alone backstage to minimize congregating. Matthew J. Palm,, "Safety and artistry: All eyes on ‘Dolly’ as masks, sanitizer take the Garden Theatre stage," 18 Aug. 2020 Nunes and her two sisters met the six finalists and got a backstage view of the selection process. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "She dreamed of traveling Wisconsin as Alice in Dairyland, but the coronavirus pandemic has changed how she advocates for agriculture," 6 Aug. 2020 Backstage shots have shown Cruz dressed in a Donatella-esque black leather ensemble and bodycon red dress, but this pink gown appears to be her hottest one yet. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Penelope Cruz Slays as Donatella Versace in Her First Official Photo from American Crime Story," 23 May 2017 Macy's currently has 67 Backstage locations in the U.S. Its first South Florida location opened at the end of April on 19,000 square feet on the second floor of the store at the Boynton Beach Mall, 801 N. Congress Ave. Jan Engoren,, "Macy's Backstage discount store opens at Boynton Beach Mall," 10 May 2017 Tickets to all the parties Backstage passes and front row seats to every concert at CMA fest. Southern Living, "Inside Evan Farmer's Best Week Ever," 1 May 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The experience of waiting backstage before an event is always the same. Ann Patchett, Harper's Magazine, "These Precious Days," 5 Jan. 2021 Bertinelli and Van Halen tied the knot in 1981 after meeting backstage at his concert a year earlier. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, "Valerie Bertinelli gets emotional addressing Eddie Van Halen's death: 'It's been very rough'," 5 Jan. 2021 Following one performance, he was visited backstage by Denzel Washington, who had been entrusted by Wilson’s widow to adapt Wilson’s plays for the screen. Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times, "After 60 years in showbiz, Glynn Turman has seen it all. And he’s not done yet," 21 Dec. 2020 After the show, Will headed backstage and chatted with some of the cast and crew, revealing that one of the jokes in the show went over George's head—and created an awkward situation for the royal dad. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince William Says He's Not Sure How to Explain a Risqué Joke to Prince George," 13 Dec. 2020 And, as always, The Times will be right there to capture all of it, from those living in the spotlight to those working backstage. Los Angeles Times, "Coming soon: ‘The Envelope’ podcast," 2 Dec. 2020 While all of this drama played out backstage and onstage, outside had the makings of a disaster movie. Clark Collis,, "Read an excerpt from They Just Seem a Little Weird: How KISS, Cheap Trick, Aerosmith, and Starz Remade Rock and Roll," 19 Nov. 2020 After that, there were more photographers backstage than there were in front of the stage watching the show. Jessica Iredale, Town & Country, "Isaac Mizrahi's Unzipped at 25: Y’aren’t Ever Gonna See a Fashion Documentary Like This Again," 18 Oct. 2020 The rules are just as stringent backstage, says Kyle Lemoi, the company’s director of production. David Lyman, The Enquirer, "How Cincinnati Ballet plans to pull off live performances at Music Hall next week," 29 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of backstage


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 25 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of backstage

: behind the stage of a theater


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back·​stage | \ ˈbak-ˈstāj How to pronounce backstage (audio) \

Kids Definition of backstage

: in or to the area behind the stage

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