- 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.
- stag night,
- stag party,
- stag's horn,
- stag's-horn coral,
- stag-horn calculus,
- stage brace,
- stage business,
- stage direction,
- stage director,
- stage door
- to continue to be produced, as a play or other theatrical production.
- to be the center of attention.
Origin of stage
Examples from the Web for stage
But at this stage, he is either afraid or unable to get carried away by his thoughts.
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.”
And his parents were well-known country performers on stage and radio.
His comedies are less remarkable on the stage than they are in the library.
These are not the writers who make so much as a clerk's income out of the stage.My Miscellanies, Vol. 2 (of 2)|Wilkie Collins
Dramatic instinct as applied to listening on the stage, and everywhere, is apt to be overlooked.Browning and the Dramatic Monologue|S. S. Curry
Against the wall was a large wardrobe closet; stage costumes were hanging in it.Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1930|Victor Rousseau
He turned accordingly and pulled open the door that led to the stage.Mistress Nell|George C. Hazelton, Jr.
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.
early 14c., "to erect, construct," from stage (n.). The meaning "to put (a play) on the stage" first recorded 1879; general sense of "to mount" (a comeback, etc.) is attested from 1924. Related: Staged; staging.
In addition to the idioms beginning with stage
- stage fright
- stage whisper
- at this stage
- set the scene (stage) for