on·​stage | \ ˈȯn-ˈstāj How to pronounce onstage (audio) , ˈän-, -ˌstāj\

Definition of onstage

: on or onto a stage : on a part of the stage visible to the audience

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Josh Dun and Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots onstage in Los Angeles. Neil Shah, WSJ, "Hip-Hop Is Huge, but on the Concert Circuit, Rock Is King," 3 Oct. 2018 More pre-concert notes for Styles' local debut as a solo act: The show Supporting act Kacey Musgraves is expected onstage at 8 p.m., followed by Styles at 9:15. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Harry Styles in Indianapolis: What you need to know," 26 June 2018 Janelle Monae, an album of the year nominee, onstage at the Grammys. Neil Shah, WSJ, "Kacey Musgraves Wins Album of the Year at the Grammys," 11 Feb. 2019 Producers hope to cram as many stars from the Avengers franchise onstage as possible, although a list of actors has yet to be finalized. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Oscars Likely Won't Have a Host for the First Time Since 1989," 10 Jan. 2019 Taylor Swift popped up onstage and presented Best Original Song to Lady Gaga. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The Biggest Moments From the 2019 Golden Globes," 6 Jan. 2019 But if small combinations of individual dance steps can be copyrighted, does that make borrowing someone else’s move onstage during a performance an act of infringement? Nick Statt, The Verge, "Fortnite keeps stealing dances — and no one knows if it’s illegal," 20 Dec. 2018 Together, 80 performers congregate onstage to tell a story about being human. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' was turned into an opera and it's making its American debut in Cincinnati," 13 July 2018 Langabeer, Tara Middleton, and Gregg Mervine sing and play a number of instruments onstage behind the dancers, and the music is wonderful on its own. Ellen Dunkel, Philly.com, "BalletX heats up the summer with 3 premieres and live music," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of onstage

1925, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of onstage

: on or onto a stage and in front of an audience

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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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