Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The part of a stage in front of the closed curtain.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The part of a theatre stage in front of the closed curtain.
  • n. A duty or tribute payable to the king's foresters.
  • n. A service paid by foresters to the king.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A duty or tribute payable to the king's foresters.
  • n. A service paid by foresters to the king.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Eng. law: A duty or tribute payable to the king's foresters
  • n. An old service paid by foresters to the king.
  • n. The fighting-platform or forecastle which was built on the forward part of the upper deck of ancient vessels.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the part of a modern theater stage between the curtain and the orchestra (i.e., in front of the curtain)

Etymologies

fore- +‎ stage (Wiktionary)
forest +‎ -age (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Invariably a stage manager would come out onto the forestage to give his ritual—and totally useless—admonition, “The gentlemen in the Balcony will kindly stop shooting missiles at the noods.”

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  • The action took place on the forestage as if it was the stage of the opera house, looking into the auditorium.

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  • Outside the main stage, however, in the forestage areas on both sides, set designer Ulfat Gouda placed two mini realistic sets, facing each other, one representing a corner of an ornate sitting room in a gorgeous palace, alternately occupied by the Khedive and Shawqi, and the other, part of a drab living room in a humble home, alternately occupied by Hafiz and the modern historian.

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  • Contrary to Anneland, a veritable honey-bee running through pedals like so many flowers, Pettersen idled in the forestage, occupying himself with a single loop pedal and layering his riffs over and against each other with mounting baroque complexity.

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