[ on-steyj, awn- ]


  1. on or onto the stage ( offstage ):

    The director shouted, “Onstage, everybody!”


  1. of, relating to, or used in the acting area, or that part of the stage that is in view of the audience.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of onstage1

First recorded in 1925–30; on + stage

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Example Sentences

She knows so much of what made her childhood difficult is also what helped her find her voice onstage.

Early in her career, Tyson landed roles in television and onstage, often earning good notices.

From Time

I just was like, “Well, I can’t wait to get onstage again,” because it was my favorite show.

From Ozy

The gig ended with four of the people onstage infected with the coronavirus, including 43-year-old Blount.

In fact, they can be seen onstage where plexiglass walls separate the actors from the audience.

Prince may have pranced around like a carefree libertine onstage, but in rehearsal he was more drill sergeant than sprite.

Her very first performance onstage came at the age of 4, when she cameoed as a dancing flower in the musical Bye Bye Birdie.

Chris Brown announced onstage at The Forum in Los Angeles on Friday night.

A militarized strike force onstage, attired in all black with faces smeared in black as though prepped for a nighttime raid.

Joplin would not only drink heavily before going onstage, she would famously continue swigging away during her shows.

There were exciting new plans lurking in the wings then, waiting to leap onstage and take shape.

I ducked into a utilidor, changed into my costume and went back onstage.





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