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backstory

or back sto·ry

[bak-stawr-ee, ‐stohr-ee]
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noun, plural back·sto·ries.
  1. a narrative providing a history or background context, especially for a character or situation in a literary work, film, or dramatic series.
  2. prequel.

Origin of backstory

1980–85; back1 + story1
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Word Origin and History for backstory

n.

c.1990, from background story.

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