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upstage

adverb up·stage \ ˈəp-ˈstāj \
Updated on: 28 Nov 2017

Definition of upstage

1 : toward or at the rear of a theatrical stage
2 : away from a motion-picture or television camera

First Known Use of upstage

1870


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upstage

adjective

Definition of upstage

2 : of or relating to the rear of a stage

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First Known Use of upstage

1918


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upstage

verb up·stage \ ˌəp-ˈstāj \

Definition of upstage

transitive verb
1 : to draw attention away from
  • upstaging the competition
2 : to force (an actor) to face away from the audience by staying upstage
3 : to treat snobbishly

Examples of upstage in a Sentence

  1. We don't want the flower girl upstaging the bride.

  2. My apple pie was upstaged by her chocolate cake.

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First Known Use of upstage

1921


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upstage

noun up·stage \ ˈəp-ˌstāj \

Definition of upstage

: the part of a stage that is farthest from the audience or camera

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First Known Use of upstage

circa 1931


UPSTAGE Defined for English Language Learners

upstage

adverb

Definition of upstage for English Language Learners

  • : toward the back part of a stage


upstage

verb

Definition of upstage for English Language Learners

  • : to take attention away from (someone or something else, such as another performer)


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