- the platform on which the actors perform in a theater.
- this platform with all the parts of the theater and all the apparatus back of the proscenium.
- any one of the major time periods in the development of an insect, as the embryonic, larval, pupal, and imaginal stages.
- Also called stadium.any one of the periods of larval growth between molts.
verb (used with object), staged, stag·ing.
verb (used without object), staged, stag·ing.
- to continue to be produced, as a play or other theatrical production.
- to be the center of attention.
Origin of stage
Synonyms for stage
Related Words for stagestanding, leg, point, step, moment, phase, lap, arena, set, theater, scene, spotlight, do, play, organize, perform, mount, execute, open, present
Examples from the Web for stage
Contemporary Examples of stage
But at this stage, he is either afraid or unable to get carried away by his thoughts.The Lost Novel of Nobel-Winner José Saramago
January 5, 2015
Instead, black models are required to remain meekly, silently off stage, waiting for a turn that may never come.One Vogue Cover Doesn’t Solve Fashion’s Big Race Problem
January 2, 2015
He said many of them had trouble making the transition from stage realism to the more naturalistic demands of the screen.
People scream, the orchestra stops playing, and the stage manager whisks the diva into the wings.
The substitute nurse says to him in a stage whisper, “You know, the doctor says no vodka.”
Historical Examples of stage
In our present stage of development we could hardly do without them.
The Church cannot be so more than the stage, or music more than philosophy.
But at least it is heir to the conquests which go to its stage of advance.
It must be a stage in its growth or it would not come into it.
It is scarcely ever seen on the stage—is, indeed, practically unactable.The Man Shakespeare
Word Origin for stage
mid-13c., "story of a building, raised floor for exhibitions," from Old French estage "a story or floor of a building, stage for performance," from Vulgar Latin *staticum "a place for standing," from Latin statum, past participle of stare "to stand" (see stet). Meaning "platform for presentation of a play" is attested from late 14c.; generalized for "profession of an actor" from 1580s.
Sense of "period of development or time in life" first recorded early 14c., probably from Middle English sense of "degree or step on the 'ladder' of virtue, 'wheel' of fortune, etc.," in parable illustrations and morality plays. Stage mother is from 1919. Stage-Door Johnny "young man who frequents stage doors seeking the company of actresses, chorus girls, etc." is attested from 1912. Stage-struck is from 1813; earlier stage-smitten (1680s). Stage whisper first attested 1865.
In addition to the idioms beginning with stage
- stage fright
- stage whisper
- at this stage
- set the scene (stage) for