stagehand

noun
stage·​hand | \ ˈstāj-ˌhand How to pronounce stagehand (audio) \

Definition of stagehand

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

Examples of stagehand in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the time, Poitier was working as a janitor in exchange for acting classes and Harry was a stagehand. Alexia Fernández, PEOPLE.com, 7 Jan. 2022 On a recent morning, Mazzella greeted stagehand Timmy McDonough, who was brandishing a garden rake to comb out kinks in the chains. Washington Post, 22 Oct. 2021 Is the hand of a fan or stagehand or bodyguard, Body double, bystander, interloper, beloved ghost, & the two of us watching from a bridge on the far side. Terrance Hayes, The New Yorker, 18 Oct. 2021 His father advised him to become a stagehand, but his mother was delighted by the idea, and Mr. d’Amboise left school to dance professionally, as did his sister Madeleine, known professionally as Ninette d’Amboise. New York Times, 3 May 2021 Esposito’s father, Giovanni, was an Italian stagehand and carpenter from Naples. Washington Post, 18 Dec. 2020 After talking with a group that included a school crossing guard, restaurant group owner, arena server, and a stagehand about their financial difficulties, Biden pledged to develop an economic relief plan to help people who are struggling. Michael Lee, Washington Examiner, 3 Dec. 2020 Puzon told of getting a call from a stagehand working for jazz musician Grover Washington Jr., who was playing a gig at the Holiday Star Theatre in Merrillville, Indiana, but was having trouble with his soprano saxophone. Paul Eisenberg, chicagotribune.com, 18 Oct. 2020 Ben quit school at age 15 and worked as a window cleaner, a butcher’s boy, and a dishwasher and eventually as a stagehand at theaters. Azi Paybarah, BostonGlobe.com, 19 Aug. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of stagehand

1885, in the meaning defined above

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“Stagehand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stagehand. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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