Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adverb In or toward the area behind the performing space in a theater, especially the area comprising the dressing rooms.
  • adverb In secret; privately.
  • adjective Of, relating to, occurring in, or situated behind the performing area of a theater.
  • adjective Concealed from the public; private.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (theater) the area on the stage out of sight of the audience.
  • adjective concealed from the public; in private.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Relating to, or situated in the area behind a stage.
  • adjective Secret, concealed from the public.
  • adverb Towards the area behind the stage.
  • adverb Out of view of the public.
  • noun The area behind a stage, especially that of the dressing rooms.

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

  • adjective concealed from public view or attention
  • adverb out of view of the public; behind the scenes
  • adverb in or to a backstage area of a theater
  • noun a stage area out of sight of the audience

Etymologies

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