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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Forget melancholy; with way too much happening onstage at all times, there is only mania here. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Royal Family of Broadway,’ This Time in Song," 5 July 2018 Trumpeter Frank London of The Klezmatics leads a onstage experimental jazz/neo-classical band. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "A Mesmerizing 'Merchant Of Venice' As Arts & Ideas Hits Its Stride," 21 June 2018 The remarkable part lies more in the cultural moment than onstage: The guys are ganging up on two young women. Toby Zinman, Philly.com, "What a Broadway weekend!: 'St. Joan' and 'My Fair Lady'!," 27 Apr. 2018 If Ashley Graham, who touted her 42-30-46 measurements onstage at Vogue’s Forces of Fashion conference last month, can walk Michael Kors, why not Victoria’s Secret? Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "“We’re Nobody’s Third Love, We’re Their First Love”—The Architects of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Are Still Banking on Bombshells," 8 Nov. 2018 The most romantic thing on the planet just happened onstage at the 70th Annual Emmy Awards. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "An Oscars Director Just Proposed to His Girlfriend Onstage at the Emmys and I'm Weeping," 18 Sep. 2018 And the ZUMIXers won’t be the only teens onstage at the Shell. Zoë Madonna, BostonGlobe.com, "With a collaborative piece for Boston Landmarks Orchestra, ZUMIX students reach for the stars," 12 July 2018 In director Elina de Santos’ fluid staging, the action seamlessly transitions from the Tehran embassy to the Timm home in Oak Creek, Wis. All the characters remain onstage at all times. F. Kathleen Foley, latimes.com, "'Hostage' at the Skylight Theatre: a shattering slice of the Iranian crisis," 12 June 2018 My worst moment: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine's' Stephanie Beatriz on the night everything went wrong onstage » Check out the latest movie reviews from Michael Phillips and the Chicago Tribune. Nina Metz, chicagotribune.com, "My worst moment: 'Superstore's' Lauren Ash and embarrassing herself in front of Ryan Gosling," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of onstage

1925, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for onstage

onstage

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of onstage

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

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