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  1. behind the proscenium in a theater, especially in the wings or dressing rooms.
  2. toward the rear of the stage; upstage.
  3. out of view of the public; in private; behind the scenes: Many of the deals were made backstage at the convention.
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  1. located or occurring backstage.
  2. of or relating to activities unknown to the public.
  3. of or relating to the private lives of people in the entertainment industry: backstage gossip.
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  1. Theater. a backstage area.
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Origin of backstage

First recorded in 1895–1900; back2 + stage
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  • “Oh, sure,” Jerry agreed, pursuing her backstage and down a corridor.

    Swamp Island

    Mildred A. Wirt

  • A book on The Theater, both "backstage" and "the front of the house."

  • From the backstage speakers came the smooth rhythm of a band playing a march trio.

    The Best Made Plans

    Everett B. Cole

  • Tim hustled us backstage, where Lil and I used to sweat over the animatronics and cop surreptitious feels.

  • He smoked a cigarette and tried making small talk with some of the soldiers on backstage detail.

British Dictionary definitions for backstage


  1. behind the part of the theatre in view of the audience; in the dressing rooms, wings, etc
  2. towards the rear of the stage
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  1. situated backstage
  2. informal away from public view
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Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for backstage

also back-stage, 1898, from back (adj.) + stage (n.).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper