back·sto·ry (băkʹstôr'ē, -stōr'ē) n.
1. The experiences of a character or the circumstances of an event that occur before the action or narrative of a literary, cinematic, or dramatic work:

At rehearsal, the actors developed backstories for their characters.

2. A prequel.

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Universalium. 2010.

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  • backstory — c.1990, from background story …   Etymology dictionary

  • backstory — UK [ˈbækstɔːrɪ] / US [ˈbækˌstɔrɪ] noun [countable] Word forms backstory : singular backstory plural backstories 1) mainly journalism an account of the events leading up to what is being written about now 2) a set of events invented for a book,… …   English dictionary

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  • backstory — noun Date: 1984 a story that tells what led up to the main story or plot (as of a film) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • backstory — noun a) The supposed previous life and experiences of a fictional character in a dramatic work. b) A prequel …   Wiktionary

  • backstory — n. events that took place in the life of a character before commencement of a fictional story; background (used metaphorically) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • backstory — noun (plural backstories) a history or background created for a fictional character in a film or television programme …   English new terms dictionary

  • backstory — back•sto•ry [[t]ˈbækˌstɔr i, ˌstoʊr i[/t]] n. pl. ries. cvb the background of a real or fictional story or situation; prior circumstances or events • Etymology: 1980–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • backstory — /ˈbækstɔri/ (say bakstawree) noun the background to a film, play, or computer game, which gives insight into the plot or characterisation …   Australian English dictionary

  • backstory — …   Useful english dictionary

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