adverb or adjective
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

Examples of onstage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The film was shot onstage at The Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway in 2016. CBS News, "Disney Plus releases "Hamilton" film trailer ahead of July 3 premiere," 22 June 2020 Once, after Finkelstein gave a lecture, Dever went onstage and accused him of pushing post-Zionism—the idea, popularized by some left-leaning Israeli historians, that the Jewish state has served its purpose. Ruth Margalit, The New Yorker, "In Search of King David’s Lost Empire," 22 June 2020 That’s exactly what Trump will be trying to accomplish onstage in Tulsa, with a rally that has been billed as a campaign reboot. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Trump urgently seeks to reverse a tough week with an exuberant rally," 20 June 2020 Getting onstage just now, has been just the best medicine. Bill Weir, CNN, "Diner gets big (screen) idea to keep serving in the pandemic," 18 June 2020 The personality Pruett exuded onstage was a natural extension of his offstage personality. Ed Masley, azcentral, "'An undefinable, magical man': Remembering Stefan Pruett of Phoenix electro band Peachcake," 17 June 2020 Yet, any conflict onstage dwarfed the one going on behind the stage. cleveland, "Revisiting the World Series of Rock 1979 in all its insanity and greatness," 17 June 2020 But from 1965 to 1969, the Kinks were banned from touring in the U.S. after the band ran afoul American Federation of Television and Recording Artists for brawling onstage and missing shows. NBC News, "'Lola,' who 'walked like a woman but talked like a man,' turns 50," 12 June 2020 Siu, Murphy and Peterson all want to be back onstage at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts and play for live audiences again. Deborah Martin, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Symphony musicians eager to move beyond virtual performances," 2 June 2020

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First Known Use of onstage

1925, in the meaning defined above

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30 Jun 2020

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“Onstage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/onstage. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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

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