The term "onstage" usually refers to the fact that a performer or performer group is performing in front of an audience. When a performer is "onstage," they are in the center of the action.

  • She was backstage during the performance, and she was very nervous.

  • The singer was onstage the whole time, and she looked very uncomfortable.

Definition of onstage


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


on the stage

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Example Sentences for onstage

  • 1

    Initially he drank to allay the anxiety of going onstage.

  • 2

    Of props, however, there are many, lugged onstage by the five performers as the piece opens.

  • 3

    His authority onstage and his ingratiating manner made me very comfortable.

  • 4

    He's a pampered, miserable, abusive, sleazy, insecure wreck, toying with groupies and numbing himself before going onstage.

  • 5

    The wedding is in full swing onstage.

  • 6

    The woodcut shows Armin onstage.

  • 7

    He loved to entertain, onstage and off.

  • 8

    He once played a baboon onstage.

  • 9

    He runs onstage and vomits into a tuba.

  • 10

    She dies onstage, a martyr to virtue.