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.



Theater. a backstage area.

Origin of backstage

First recorded in 1895–1900; back2 + stage Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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



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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper