backstage

adjective
back·stage | \ ˈbak-ˌstāj \

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)

backstage

adverb
back·stage | \ ˈbak-ˈstāj \

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

confidentially, intimately, privately, secretly

Antonyms: Adverb

openly, publicly

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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

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, Sun-Sentinel.com, "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

Backstage, waiting in a room with a television monitor, Trump was displeased, one person familiar with the incident said: TV optics and crowd sizes are extremely important to the president. Jennifer Jacobs, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Punishes Longtime Aide After Angry Phoenix Speech, Sources Say," 29 Aug. 2017 Backstage, waiting in a room with a television monitor, Trump was displeased, one person familiar with the incident said: TV optics and crowd sizes are extremely important to the president. Fortune, "Trump Was So Angry About His Phoenix Rally’s Size He Punished the Aide Who Planned It," 29 Aug. 2017 Backstage at her NYFW shows, the designer was more often than not seen wearing flats — fleetingly, however. Donna Freydkin, Allure, "Victoria Beckham Wore a Totally Chill Outfit and I'm So Confused," 26 July 2017 More Supermodel Style: Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid Take Us Backstage at Victoria’s Secret: Leeann Duggan, Allure, "Bella Hadid Wears Jeans With a Fly You're Actually Supposed to See," 19 July 2017 Backstage, singer Staples is holding, rocking and cooing with little Johnny, his tiny ears protected from his mother's blasts of sound via miniature headphones. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Shemekia Copeland's new life includes a baby and the blues," 6 July 2017 Backstage at the concert, Damon posed for a photo with Live Nation New England President Don Law, who also owns the Paradise Rock Club — the Boston venue where U2 played their first ever US show. Jodi Guglielmi, PEOPLE.com, "Matt Damon and Wife Pack on the PDA During Date Night at U2 Concert in Boston: 'They Were Super Cute Together'," 26 June 2017 View Slideshow Backstage at the Moncler Gamme Bleu spring 2018 Milan show, models zipped up in velvet, plaid, and metallic puffers. Donald Gjoka, The Cut, "Moncler Models Wore Velvet Coats and Puffer Shorts," 19 June 2017 Check out these weird denim stories: Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid Take Us Backstage at Victoria’s Secret: Isis Briones, Allure, "Kendall Jenner Wore Shorts That Look Like Invisible Jeans," 27 June 2017

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First Known Use of backstage

Adjective

1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

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

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of backstage

: behind the stage of a theater

back·stage | \ ˈbak-ˈstāj \

Kids Definition of backstage

: in or to the area behind the stage

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