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 Clemson was a curiosity, fresh and feisty, with a great backstory and a new attitude, when Ohio State met the Tigers in the Orange Bowl to conclude the 2013 season. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "When Ohio State met Clemson, and how the Tigers have changed: Doug Lesmerises," 29 Dec. 2020 Ariana Grande is officially a bride-to-be, and her new engagement ring from fiancé Dalton Gomez might just have the sweetest backstory. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ariana Grande's Engagement Ring Might Have a Super-Sentimental Hidden Meaning," 21 Dec. 2020 And, like the whirlwind storyline, the hoodie also has an unexpected backstory. Eliza Huber,, "How The Flight Attendant’s Ode To New York Tourist Shops Got Cuomo’s Stamp Of Approval," 18 Dec. 2020 Each piece Goodwin makes also comes with a rich backstory or purpose, proving that fashion can also be used as a powerful tool for storytelling. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "This Jewelry Designer Uses Statement Earrings to Tell Stories," 23 Nov. 2020 And though the Hakeem vs. Shaq (plus Trump) item might have the most colorful backstory, each cup in his collection shares a decidedly Houston lean. Laura Furr Mericas, Chron, "Hakeem vs. Shaq and other Houston sports stories told through cups," 11 Nov. 2020 In this episode, model Martha Hunt takes us inside the jewelry box, showing off her favorite arm candy, including a dazzling bracelet and an empowering necklace with an inspiring backstory. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Martha Hunt Shares Her Favorite Jewelry in 'Precious Metals'," 16 Sep. 2020 With an eerily similar backstory, this fellow Serbian also reported a run-in with the living dead. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "50 Famous Vampire Names That'll Have You Falling in Love at First Bite This Halloween," 22 July 2020 Harry's backstory is sprinkled throughout the miniseries in various flashbacks. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Alan Tudyk plays a crime-solving alien in disguise in Resident Alien trailer," 15 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of backstory

1982, in the meaning defined above

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12 Jan 2021

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“Backstory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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