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 The main plot revealed more of Hetty’s (Linda Hunt) backstory, as one of her former recruits returned to seek revenge on her and her team. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'NCIS: LA' Had Everyone in a Panic Over Deeks's Life in the Insane 'Mother' Episode," 2 Dec. 2019 Junod is given a new name, Lloyd Vogel, and a slightly grimmer backstory, but the broad strokes of his article are here. David Sims, The Atlantic, "What A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Understands About Mister Rogers," 21 Nov. 2019 Some backstory: Over the last few years, my mother has developed a very big victim mindset. Love, "My mom and my boyfriend aren’t speaking," 8 Oct. 2019 More captivating is the backstory, the process and a glimpse into a way of life that seems to have vanished in many places., "Love and competition -- the key ingredients in Oregon mother-and-son’s pie bake-off," 15 Aug. 2019 But the rollout of the new currency has a more complicated backstory., "Trump didn’t delay release of Harriet Tubman $20, Obama-era officials say," 16 July 2019 But the rollout of the new currency has a more complicated backstory. oregonlive, "Obama-era officials say Trump administration hasn’t delayed new $20 bill, despite Harriet Tubman firestorm," 16 July 2019 The narrative that Aguirre-Sacasa furnishes has nearly as much backstory as an Ibsen play — not all of it convincing. Charles Mcnulty,, "Review: Kavanaugh hearings lend a new lens for Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s ‘Good Boys’," 1 July 2019 Fleck insists there wasn’t much of a backstory to that speech, already somewhat legendary in its own right. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "This one’s for big stakes, and P.J. Fleck won’t hide it from Gophers," 28 Nov. 2019

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1982, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of backstory was in 1982

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8 Jan 2020

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“Backstory.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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