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

Definition of stagehand

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Esposito’s father, Giovanni, was an Italian stagehand and carpenter from Naples. Washington Post, "You’ve seen Giancarlo Esposito in everything. Now the actor wants you to see him as himself.," 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, "Biden says people need to take virus seriously or another 250,000 could die before he enters office," 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,, "Landmarks: A longtime area music shop shuts down, but the song plays on for four generations of Puzons," 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,, "Ben Cross, star of ‘Chariots of Fire,’ at 72," 19 Aug. 2020 The new notice lists the positions that will be cut, including 13 stagehands, 14 stagehand assistants, eight production electricians, seven stage managers and a dozen-plus other positions in ticketing, management and communications. Lisa Kennedy, The Know, "Denver Center for Performing Arts cancels entire 2020-21 Theatre Company season, details layoffs," 28 May 2020 An unemployed stagehand is suddenly an e-commerce mogul, peddling hard-to-find items such as toilet paper and home fitness equipment. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Laid-off workers start side hustles, business ventures to survive amid COVID-19 pandemic," 1 June 2020 Opera companies also employ legions of other freelancers — stage directors, set designers, costumers and stagehands — who will lose significant chunks of income from the cancellations. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Santa Fe Opera adds to growing list of summer festival cancellations," 12 May 2020 In a virtual town hall last week, CEO James Johnson said a Paycheck Protection Program loan through the CARES Act helped them bring back the musicians and stagehands, who had previously been furloughed, as well as staff. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis Symphony cancels Symphony on the Prairie and all summer concerts," 4 May 2020

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First Known Use of stagehand

1885, in the meaning defined above

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8 Jan 2021

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“Stagehand.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stagehand

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

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