on·stage | \ˈȯn-ˈstāj, ˈän-, -ˌstāj\

Definition of onstage 

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

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This is not the first time the two hitmakers have met, as Grande joined Madonna onstage in Miami during her Rebel Heart Tour and also performed at Madonna's 2016 charity event at Art Basel in Miami. Connor Whittum, Billboard, "Ariana Grande Posts Cryptic Thank You Note to Madonna & Fans Have Theories," 11 July 2018 His orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Lew C. Schon, even joined him onstage at a Boston show. 13. Lydia Price, PEOPLE.com, "13 Brave Singers Who Survived Absolutely Brutal Stage Falls," 9 July 2018 Toward the end of the performance, Mill was joined onstage by men in orange prison garb carrying cell bars that eventually were dropped. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Meek Mill, Miguel debut powerful song 'Stay Woke' at 2018 BET Awards," 25 June 2018 The president’s son was joined onstage by U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte and Rosendale. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Donald Trump Jr. stumps for Montana Republican looking to flip US Senate seat," 23 June 2018 Tiffany Haddish is hosting the awards Monday night, and will be joined onstage by presenters Michael B. Jordan, Seth Rogen, Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Zendaya, Common, Gina Rodgriguez and more. Lauren Huff, The Hollywood Reporter, "MTV Movie & TV Awards: Watch the Preshow Live Stream," 19 June 2018 Afterwards, keynote speaker and actor Sean Astin joined emcee Deborah Duncan onstage in big comfy armchairs; their talk was really more of a conversation, providing a casual but real glimpse into Astin's upbringing. Elizabeth Pudwill, Houston Chronicle, "Actor Sean Astin discusses mother Patty Duke's struggle with mental illness at Houston luncheon," 9 May 2018 Fleetwood, Campbell and Finn will be joined onstage by bass player John McVie and vocalists Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "New-look Fleetwood Mac will visit Indianapolis on 2018 tour," 25 Apr. 2018 Her former Destiny’s Child bandmates, Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland, joined her onstage. Alana Abramson, Fortune, "Beyoncé Became the First Black Woman to Headline Coachella," 15 Apr. 2018

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1925, in the meaning defined above

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

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