back·​story | \ ˈbak-ˌstȯr-ē How to pronounce backstory (audio) \

Definition of backstory

: a story that tells what led up to the main story or plot (as of a film)

Examples of backstory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Aleksandra Rola is a Polish MMA champion with a complicated backstory preparing for the World Championships in Las Vegas. Angelique Jackson, Variety, 8 Dec. 2021 Wall’s photographs seem stolen from a narrative timeline with no backstory, or denouement in the offing. Washington Post, 10 Nov. 2021 The dress Dunham wore for the ceremony, the first of three, is laced with this subversive backstory. Sarah Spellings, Vogue, 29 Sep. 2021 Mafia life with backstory targeted at devoted fans of the series. David Sims, The Atlantic, 28 Sep. 2021 The brand's very cool-and-comfortable styles come with a comic-book backstory that's literally sewn into each foot. Mercedes Viera,, 13 Sep. 2021 The delightfully retro wagon, which will go under the gavel at Bonhams this September, comes with a backstory that is just as unique as its elongated silhouette. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 9 Sep. 2021 The history: Starting with his most famous role—King Mongkut of Siam in The King and I, on Broadway and in the film—Yul Brynner cut a majestic figure: handsome and irresistible, with a fascinating (if occasionally apocryphal) backstory. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 30 Aug. 2021 The show will tell Till’s story in four parts: Curators will provide viewers with the backstory to the murder. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of backstory

1982, in the meaning defined above

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12 Jan 2022

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“Backstory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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