back·​story ˈbak-ˌstȯr-ē How to pronounce backstory (audio)
: 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 An Androgynous Ex-Glam Rocker Longlegs big hair was a key part of his backstory as an ex-glam rocker, which helped motivate the character’s heavy makeup, superficial fixation on trying to stay young, and the sense that Longlegs has carefully curated his look. Chris O'Falt, IndieWire, 13 July 2024 The backstory of the photoshoot, which occurred back in 2007 when Messi was just 20 years old, was detailed by the BBC. Danielle Jennings, Peoplemag, 10 July 2024 Osceola County Judgeship, Group 2 When she was first elected as an Osceola County judge six years ago, Gabrielle Sanders-Morency brought the kind of backstory that helped strengthen her rapport with the people who appeared before her. Orlando Sentinel Editorial Board, Orlando Sentinel, 7 July 2024 Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie turned the wizardly backstory into an epic adventure, opening a gateway for young unbeknownst fantasy fans everywhere while also delivering a classically wholesome story about the importance of family and a parent's unconditional love. Ew Staff,, 1 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for backstory 

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Word History

First Known Use

1982, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of backstory was in 1982

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“Backstory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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