Definitions

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

  • n. The center of a theater stage.
  • n. A position of great prominence or importance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The area in the center of the stage, especially one towards the front
  • n. An important or prominent position

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

  • n. a position of prominence or importance
  • n. the central area on a theater stage

Etymologies

center + stage (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Then in the new silence he went to the Struan column and wrote the figure clearly, conscious that he was on center stage now.

    Noble House

  • My bailiff stood center stage and announced, Case 64333A; the State versus Lisa Jennings, prostitution, and possession of drugs.

    Street Judge

  • I was afraid that I would be what novelist Frederick Exley was afraid of being, and what drove him to alcoholic insanity—a fan, someone to sit on the sidelines and cheer for those who take the center stage in life.

    Life As We Know It

  • In Andrew Gordon’s metaphor, “while center stage should have been clearing for the leading contenders to engage, here was a supporting actor, getting in the way and babbling his own nonsensical lines.”

    Castles of Steel

  • Ferodor leaped clear over him and onto the center stage of Granite Flat.

    The Welkening

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