center stage


Definition of center stage

1 : the central part of a theatrical stage
2 : a central or highly prominent position an issue that has taken center stage in the campaign

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center stage adjective or adverb

Examples of center stage in a Sentence

The actor stood alone at center stage. As we wrap up work on the old project, a new one moves to center stage. The issue is expected to take center stage in the elections.
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Recent Examples on the Web To let the jewel tones take center stage, Barney suggests sticking with a single finish, such as gold or silver. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 June 2021 Compared with the Chagall work, the Tiffany window will take center stage, appearing atop the sweeping double staircases that frame the museum’s South Michigan Avenue entrance. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 May 2021 The new night vision capabilities take center stage in several videos and screenshots posted online by the military combat squad, the Lancer Brigade. Washington Post, 24 May 2021 Yuzu, a rare citrus fruit from Japan, takes center stage, spreading its warmth and freshness, rounded out with neroli, thyme, rosemary, pink pepper, cloves and cypress. Celia Shatzman, Forbes, 25 May 2021 Scarlett Johansson takes center stage as the Marvel superhero in installment No. 24 of the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe. oregonlive, 24 May 2021 The dairy component sets Shavuot apart from other Jewish holidays where meat traditionally takes center stage. David Oliver, USA TODAY, 13 May 2021 Nneka Ogwumike takes center stage almost a decade after the team picked her first overall in the WNBA draft. Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2021 Ala Jojatu also takes center stage with her daughter, Maria, for the orchestra’s performance of Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins., 7 May 2021

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First Known Use of center stage

1875, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of center stage was in 1875

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14 Jun 2021

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“Center stage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of center stage

: the middle section of a theater's stage
: a main or very important position

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