offstage

adverb or adjective off·stage \ ˈȯf-ˈstāj , -ˌstāj \
|Updated on: 26 Apr 2018

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

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First Known Use of offstage

1861

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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OFFSTAGE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of offstage for English Language Learners

  • : 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


OFFSTAGE Defined for Kids

offstage

adverb or adjective off·stage \ ˈȯf-ˈstāj \

Definition of offstage for Students

: off or away from the stage

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