stag·​er ˈstā-jər How to pronounce stager (audio)
: an experienced person : veteran
… we are too old a stager to be affected by his squibs.Fayetteville (North Carolina) Observer
I mean no disrespect to your generation, Sir Patrick: some of you old stagers did marvels through sheer professional intuition and clinical experience …George Bernard Shaw
: one who puts on a performance or event
… the Delaware Theatre Company is a first-class stager of plays old and new, and this production demonstrates why.Clifford A. Ridley
: a person who arranges or decorates a house, condominium, etc. in order to enhance its appeal to prospective buyers or renters
… the stager and her team brought in two truckloads of attractive furniture and accessories—including sofas, lamps, chairs and artwork—and arranged all the items to make the house seem spacious yet comfortable.Ellen Martin

Examples of stager in a Sentence

an old stager who resented the young upstarts in the brokerage firm
Recent Examples on the Web Once again, the show is directed by that master stager of challenging properties, Alex Timbers, who helmed the original Off Broadway gig. Frank Rizzo, Variety, 12 Oct. 2023 In her new gig as a stager, she’s been renting less, trying to work with what a client already has. Adriane Quinlan, Curbed, 20 Sep. 2023 The stager may walk homeowners through the property, recommending upgrades, repairs, cleaning and style boosts to make the house more inviting. Wendy A. Jordan, Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2023 Colorful artwork, a rug, or decorative pillows can do the trick too, said stager Ashley Vonada of the Banner Team of Long & Foster. Wendy A. Jordan, Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2023 All things considered, wallpaper removal will be a small price to pay should your stager recommend doing so. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 25 May 2023 Event stagers supply the alcohol, due to state law. William Thornton |, al, 26 July 2023 That’s what celebrity interior designer and home stager Francesca Grace was tasked with for this home staging project in the Topanga mountains of Los Angeles. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 24 May 2023 Where were the Slits, the Runaways, and most of the Lilith Fair main stagers? Allyson McCabe, Vulture, 28 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of stager was in 1570

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“Stager.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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