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

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 The documentary contains memorable clips such as McDaniel's acceptance speech and footage of backstage pandemonium. CNN, 26 Mar. 2022 Some of the backstage makeup artists must have put Fox's very divisive black eye shadow on their mood boards, since both the Stephane Rolland and Chanel shows featured smudgy, emo-esque eye makeup. Alaina Demopoulos, Allure, 27 Jan. 2022 Corniel says that Drakeo (real name: Darrell Caldwell) was backstage with a group of people including his younger brother Devonte, who raps under the name Ralfy the Plug. Jem Aswad, Variety, 21 Dec. 2021 One photograph that appears in the book, in fact, conveys the casualness of the backstage scene: David Attie posed before his own camera, clearly just playing around, with the actual Bert and Ernie puppets on his hands. Christopher Bonanos, Vulture, 20 Dec. 2021 Photographer Darrel Hunter was backstage to get a close-up glimpse at all the details before the show; scroll through his best behind-the-scenes photos here. Vogue, 10 Dec. 2021 And because Lamb’s has a long tradition of working with a familiar ensemble of artists, no fewer than four married couples are part of this year’s onstage and backstage team. San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Dec. 2021 There would be no backstage platinum-record presentation this time. oregonlive, 15 Nov. 2021 Some are waking up, some are getting ready for the show, some are backstage, some are hanging out after the show. Liam Hes, Vogue, 6 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Chappelle got to his feet and pushed away the attacker, who ran backstage and was then detained by security guards, the report said. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2022 One of the more A-list impromptu performances came backstage at a Maroon 5 concert when the singer was still in high school. Neena Rouhani, Billboard, 27 Apr. 2022 Rather than being disheartened, Yash joined Benaka, a theater group founded by the late dramatist B.V. Karanth, and toured Mumbai, working backstage. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 26 Apr. 2022 In the ’80s and ’90s, there was no question of the interconnection between people backstage. Daniel Kohn, SPIN, 25 Apr. 2022 How to explain the song that somehow emerges out of the same chords strummed over and over; the commotion and sense of impending doom backstage and then the pin-drop hush on opening night; the vast stillness that precedes the decisive gesture? New York Times, 21 Apr. 2022 Members of the local motorcycle club, the Brothers, forced their way backstage. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Apr. 2022 Oscars producer Will Packer is finally speaking out about the very intense scene that erupted backstage after Will Smith slapped Chris Rock across the face during Sunday night’s Oscars, including just how close Smith came to an actual arrest. Nancy Dillon, Rolling Stone, 1 Apr. 2022 While sitting backstage at The Kelly Clarkson Show, the singer was shown blurred photos with the person's legal name and a hint. Katherine Tinsley, Good Housekeeping, 29 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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30 Mar 2022

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“Backstage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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: in or to the area behind the stage

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