adverb or adjective
off·​stage | \ ˈȯf-ˈstāj How to pronounce offstage (audio) , -ˌstāj \

Definition of offstage

1 : on a part of the stage not visible to the audience
2 : in private life known offstage as a kindly person
3 : behind the scenes : out of the public view much of the important work of the conference was done offstage

Examples of offstage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After all, the fivesome literally had just walked offstage after performing for a huge audience at Jingle Ball. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Camila Cabello Slams Rumors That She Quit 5H Without Warning in Emotional Letter to Fans," 19 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of offstage

1861, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Offstage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of offstage

: on the part of the stage that the audience cannot see : behind or to the side of the stage
of a performer : in private life
: in a place that is away from public view : behind the scenes


adverb or adjective
off·​stage | \ ˈȯf-ˈstāj How to pronounce offstage (audio) \

Kids Definition of offstage

: off or away from the stage

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