1. a person of experience in some profession, way of life, etc.
  2. a person who prepares homes for sale in such a way as to appeal to potential buyers and generate higher selling prices; a home stager.
  3. Archaic. an actor.

Origin of stager

First recorded in 1560–70; stage + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for stager

Contemporary Examples of stager

Historical Examples of stager

  • It is always the fault of the stager if the show doesn't go over.

  • General Stager laughed heartily at my recital of these events.

    The Boy Spy

    Joseph Kerby

  • Mrs. Stager modestly referred the question to him by her silence.

    Fennel and Rue

    William Dean Howells

  • Mrs. Stager lowered her voice in an octave of deeper confidentiability.

    Fennel and Rue

    William Dean Howells

  • Jemmy, however, was too old a stager, and pocketed the box and other compliments at the same time.

    Jorrocks' Jaunts and Jollities

    Robert Smith Surtees

British Dictionary definitions for stager


  1. a person of experience; veteran (esp in the phrase old stager)
  2. an archaic word for actor
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