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)

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To start, her backstory is more modern: The character in her current iteration was created by Kelly Sue DeConnick in 2012. Jill Gutowitz, Glamour, "Captain Marvel Is a New Kind of Female Hero," 11 Mar. 2019 Here's a complete breakdown of the place and its backstory. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Neverland Ranch Is Back on the Market, Here's Everything You Need to Know," 6 Mar. 2019 However, some critics feel that Roma doesn't explore Cleo's point of view enough, or fully explain her backstory. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "What you should know about the debate before the Academy Awards.," 22 Feb. 2019 There are still a few instrumentals, and each track has its own compelling backstory. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Elephante Shares & Breaks Down 'Glass Mansion' EP: Exclusive," 14 June 2018 People got the chance to talk to Birdies' president, Marisa Sharkey, who explained the backstory of Meghan's love for the brand. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "The Story Behind Meghan Markle's Favorite Slipper Shoe," 24 Jan. 2019 An opening montage, for example, tells the backstory of the soon-to-be-deceased Peter Parker, which essentially establishes him as the Tobey Maguire iteration of the character from the Sam Raimi film trilogy. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is dazzling, hilarious, and unique," 14 Dec. 2018 Our full story on the new car and its backstory is below. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "What to Know About the 2020 Toyota Supra," 16 Jan. 2019 There wasn't a dry eye in any living room across America after Bobby Bones shared his backstory last night on Dancing With the Stars. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Bobby Bones of 'Dancing With the Stars' Speaks Out After Sharing His Heartbreaking Past Last Night," 9 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of backstory

1982, in the meaning defined above

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