stagehand

noun
stage·​hand | \ˈstāj-ˌhand \

Definition of stagehand 

: a stage worker who handles scenery, properties, or lights

Examples of stagehand in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

During his stellar set, the impossibly sweet Sivan even made technical issues seem charming, opting to crowd surf when stagehands were busy switching his mic. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "Six Standout Moments From 2018 Capital Pride Festival," 11 June 2018 But the movement more than makes up for it, opening with Caili Quan dancing in front of the curtain, while numerous hands — presumably those of her children — poke out from beneath it, shades of Pippin’s stagehands. Ellen Dunkel, Philly.com, "BalletX heats up the summer with 3 premieres and live music," 12 July 2018 For a moment, Glover (Félix Paquet), who’s working as a stagehand in the wings, is perplexed by McLaren’s presence onstage. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "Review: ‘Frame by Frame,’ a Ballet That Puts a Filmmaker Center Stage," 3 June 2018 After a lot of encouragement from stagehands and some supportive chanting from the nearby crowd, a very reluctant Beyoncé somehow manages to make her way down without plummeting to the floor. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Beyoncé's On The Run II Tour Stage Malfunctioned and Left Her Stranded," 2 July 2018 If stagehands were busy or there were rehearsals going on, forget about it. David Lyman, Cincinnati.com, "Behind the curtain: Cincinnati Opera's back at Music Hall with a more functional backstage," 7 June 2018 Luckily, the stage was dark for only a few minutes while stagehands appeared to help get things rolling along, and New Cupid returned to get the audience Cupid shuffling. Chelsea Brasted, NOLA.com, "'Technical difficulties' plague Jazz Fest bounce performance Saturday," 5 May 2018 Not for musicians or stagehands or wardrobe people. David Lyman, Cincinnati.com, "Behind the curtain: Cincinnati Opera's back at Music Hall with a more functional backstage," 7 June 2018 In late February 2018, like stagehands striking and rebuilding a set, the Supreme Court did it all over again. Simon Van Zuylen-wood, Daily Intelligencer, "How Neil Gorsuch Became the Second-Most-Polarizing Man in Washington," 28 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'stagehand.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of stagehand

1885, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about stagehand

Statistics for stagehand

Last Updated

21 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for stagehand

The first known use of stagehand was in 1885

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for stagehand

stagehand

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stagehand

: someone who prepares the scenery, lights, etc., for a performance on a stage

More from Merriam-Webster on stagehand

See words that rhyme with stagehand

Comments on stagehand

What made you want to look up stagehand? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to express warning or disapproval

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Autumn Words of the Day 2018

  • a-top-down-image-of-road-through-an-autumn-forest
  • Which is a synonym of fugacious?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!