- behind the proscenium in a theater, especially in the wings or dressing rooms.
- toward the rear of the stage; upstage.
- out of view of the public; in private; behind the scenes: Many of the deals were made backstage at the convention.
- located or occurring backstage.
- of or relating to activities unknown to the public.
- of or relating to the private lives of people in the entertainment industry: backstage gossip.
- Theater. a backstage area.
Origin of backstage
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Examples from the Web for backstage
But once backstage, you realize that each performer plays many parts.A Backstage Love Affair With Cirque du Soleil
December 1, 2014
After she ended a 6-month-long consensual affair with Cosby, she claims he drugged her backstage before a performance in Denver.Bill Cosby’s Long List of Accusers (So Far): 18 Alleged Sexual Assault Victims Between 1965-2004
November 24, 2014
We say our hellos, and he guides me backstage, up three flights of stairs, and into his dressing room.The Revival of Kieran Culkin: A Reluctant Star Seizes the Spotlight
October 23, 2014
She demanded that not only should the backstage area be completely dry, but that no alcohol be sold anywhere in the venue.Inside London’s Wild Brixton Academy: How Gangsters and Kurt Cobain Made It London’s Top Music Venue
September 29, 2014
Taylor Swift saw Selena Gomez kissing Bieber backstage at an awards show, and made a very obvious “yuck” face.13 Celebrities Who Dissed Justin Bieber
August 7, 2014
“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."The Theory of the Theatre
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.Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom
He smoked a cigarette and tried making small talk with some of the soldiers on backstage detail.The Second Voice
- behind the part of the theatre in view of the audience; in the dressing rooms, wings, etc
- towards the rear of the stage
- situated backstage
- informal away from public view
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Word Origin and History for backstage
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