Definitions

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

  • adjective Situated or taking place in the area of a stage that is visible to the audience.
  • adverb In or into the area of a stage that is visible to the audience.

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  • adjective taking place in the part of a stage that is visible to the audience
  • adverb towards, or onto the visible part of a stage

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

  • adverb on the stage
  • adjective situated or taking place on the area of a stage visible to the audience

Etymologies

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on +‎ stage

Examples

  • I got there just as they were calling my name onstage, and I motioned for Kimmy to come with me.

    Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea

  • The "ordinary woman who was called onstage at an extraordinary time," as she wrote of herself, Betty Ford was last in the spotlight after her husband of 58 years died Dec. 26, 2006, also at 93.

    Betty Ford: A beacon for women, addicts

  • But give the poor musicians at least a few minutes to get settled in onstage before you shatter their illusion that you might be here for more than just the one three-minute song.

    Barnstorming on an Invisible Segway

  • But to answer the first part of your question, I think the difference between what an actor does onscreen versus onstage is elided in a space as small as the Signature's.

    Patricia Zohn: Off the C(H)uff: Zoe Kazan, an Angel in America

  • The "ordinary woman who was called onstage at an extraordinary time," as she wrote of herself, was last in the spotlight after her husband of 58 years, Gerald Ford, died Dec. 26, 2006, also at the age of 93.

    Former first lady Betty Ford dead at 93

  • But to answer the first part of your question, I think the difference between what an actor does onscreen versus onstage is elided in a space as small as the Signature's.

    Patricia Zohn: Off the C(H)uff: Zoe Kazan, an Angel in America

  • But to answer the first part of your question, I think the difference between what an actor does onscreen versus onstage is elided in a space as small as the Signature's.

    Patricia Zohn: Off the C(H)uff: Zoe Kazan, an Angel in America

  • The "ordinary woman who was called onstage at an extraordinary time," as she wrote of herself, Betty Ford was last in the spotlight after her husband of 58 years died Dec. 26, 2006, also at 93.

    Betty Ford: A beacon for women, addicts

  • The "ordinary woman who was called onstage at an extraordinary time," as she wrote of herself, was last in the spotlight after her husband of 58 years, Gerald Ford, died Dec. 26, 2006, also at the age of 93.

    Former first lady Betty Ford dead at 93

  • My job onstage is to be as open as possible, to weave the show without a script as it comes, and this leaves me very emotionally available -- and vulnerable, if an audience chooses to abuse that trust.

    Archive 2007-04-01

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