or back sto·ry
[ bak-stawr-ee, ‐stohr-ee ]
/ ˈbækˌstɔr i, ‐ˌstoʊr i /
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noun, plural back·sto·ries.
a narrative providing a history or background context, especially for a character or situation in a literary work, film, or dramatic series.
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How to use backstory in a sentence
From this simple new back-story, the rest of the two-year arc flows naturally.Wonder Woman Makes a Triumphant Comeback in a New Comic Series|Hugh Ryan|March 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And he and I worked out how we were going to do the back story because the hair has to do something.The ‘American Hustle’ Style Guide|Erin Cunningham|February 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You want a wine with a good back story, so you can impress that hottie in the LBD standing awkwardly beneath the mistletoe.An Idiot’s Guide to New Year’s Wine|Winston Ross|December 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But as Matt DeLuca reports, her business and personal back story is more complicated.Jennifer Sultan’s Arrest for Gun Running Caps Long Fall From Internet Success|Matthew DeLuca|July 20, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The back story here is that reporting on the details of competing budget proposals is monstrously boring.The Gov't's Shutdown Sham|Howard Kurtz|March 2, 2011|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for backstory
the events which take place before, and which help to bring about, the events portrayed in a film
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