What does stage mean?

Definitions for stage

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word stage.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. phase, stagenoun

    any distinct time period in a sequence of events

    "we are in a transitional stage in which many former ideas must be revised or rejected"

  2. degree, level, stage, pointnoun

    a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process

    "a remarkable degree of frankness"; "at what stage are the social sciences?"

  3. stagenoun

    a large platform on which people can stand and can be seen by an audience

    "he clambered up onto the stage and got the actors to help him into the box"

  4. stagenoun

    the theater as a profession (usually `the stage')

    "an early movie simply showed a long kiss by two actors of the contemporary stage"

  5. stagecoach, stagenoun

    a large coach-and-four formerly used to carry passengers and mail on regular routes between towns

    "we went out of town together by stage about ten or twelve miles"

  6. stage, legnoun

    a section or portion of a journey or course

    "then we embarked on the second stage of our Caribbean cruise"

  7. stagenoun

    any scene regarded as a setting for exhibiting or doing something

    "All the world's a stage"--Shakespeare; "it set the stage for peaceful negotiations"

  8. stage, microscope stageverb

    a small platform on a microscope where the specimen is mounted for examination

  9. stage, present, representverb

    perform (a play), especially on a stage

    "we are going to stage `Othello'"

  10. stage, arrangeverb

    plan, organize, and carry out (an event)

    "the neighboring tribe staged an invasion"


  1. Stagenoun

    A place where anything is publicly exhibited; the scene of any noted action or career; the spot where any remarkable affair occurs; as, politicians must live their lives on the public stage.


  1. stagenoun

    A phase.

  2. stagenoun

    The area, in any theatre, generally raised, upon which an audience watches plays or other public ceremonies.

    The band returned to the stage to play an encore.

  3. stagenoun

    Abbreviated form of stagecoach, an enclosed horsedrawn carriage used to carry passengers.

    The stage pulled into town carrying the payroll for the mill and three ladies.

  4. stagenoun

    The number of an electronic circuit's block, such as a filter, an amplifier, etc.

    a 3-stage cascade of a 2nd-order bandpass Butterworth filter

  5. stagenoun

    The place on a microscope where the slide is located for viewing.

    He placed the slide on the stage.

  6. stagenoun

    A level; one of the sequential areas making up the game.

    How do you get past the flying creatures in the third stage?

  7. stageverb

    To produce on a stage, to perform a play.

    The local theater group will stage "Pride and Prejudice".

  8. stageverb

    To demonstrate in a deceptive manner.

    The salesman's demonstration of the new cleanser was staged to make it appear highly effective.

  9. stageverb

    (Of a protest or strike etc.) To carry out.

  10. stageverb

    To pause or wait at a designated location.

    We staged the cars to be ready for the start, then waited for the starter to drop the flag.

  11. Etymology: From stage, from estage, from *, from stare. Cognate with stæde, stede. More at stead.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. STAGEnoun

    Etymology: estage, French

    And much good do’t you then,
    Brave plush and velvet men:
    Can feed on ort; and, safe in your stage clothes,
    Dare quit, upon your oaths,
    The stagers and the stage wrights too. Ben Jonson.

    Those two Mytilene brethren, basely born, crept out of a small galliot unto the majesty of great kings. Herein admire the wonderful changes and chances of these worldly things, now up, now down, as if the life of man were not of much more certainty than a stage play. Richard Knolles, Hist. of the Turks.

    I maintain, against the enemies of the stage, that patterns of piety, decently represented, may second the precepts. Dryd.

    One Livius Andronicus was the first stage player in Rome. John Dryden, Juvenal, Dedication.

    Knights, squires, and steeds must enter on the stage. Alexander Pope.

    Among slaves, who exercised polite arts, none sold so dear as stage players or actors. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

    When we are born, we cry that we are come
    To this great stage of fools. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    I shall put you in mind where it was you promised to set out, or begin your first stage; and beseech you to go before me my guide. Henry Hammond, Pract. Catech.

    Our next stage brought us to the mouth of the Tiber. Add.

    From thence compell’d by craft and age,
    She makes the head her latest stage. Matthew Prior.

    By opening a passage from Muscovy to China, and marking the several stages, it was a journey of so many days. Thomas Baker.

    The changes and vicissitude in wars are many; but chiefly in the seats or stages of the war, the weapons, and the manner of the conduct. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    We must not expect that our journey through the several stages of this life should be all smooth and even. Francis Atterbury.

    To prepare the soul to be a fit inhabitant of that holy place to which we aspire, is to be brought to perfection by gradual advances through several hard and laborious stages of discipline. John Rogers, Sermons.

    The first stage of healing, or the discharge of matter, is by surgeons called digestion. Samuel Sharp, Surgery.

  2. To Stageverb

    To exhibit publickly. Out of use.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    I love the people;
    But do not like to stage me to their eyes:
    Though it do well, I do not relish well
    Their loud applause. William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure.

    The quick comedians
    Extemp’rally will stage us, and present
    Our Alexandrian revels. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatra.


  1. stage

    Stage generally refers to a designated area or platform where a performance or event takes place. It is typically raised from the ground level and serves as a focal point for performers or speakers to engage with an audience. A stage is commonly found in theaters, concert halls, or public venues, and it may include elements such as curtains, lighting, sound equipment, props, and set design to enhance the overall presentation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stagenoun

    a floor or story of a house

  2. Stagenoun

    an elevated platform on which an orator may speak, a play be performed, an exhibition be presented, or the like

  3. Stagenoun

    a floor elevated for the convenience of mechanical work, or the like; a scaffold; a staging

  4. Stagenoun

    a platform, often floating, serving as a kind of wharf

  5. Stagenoun

    the floor for scenic performances; hence, the theater; the playhouse; hence, also, the profession of representing dramatic compositions; the drama, as acted or exhibited

  6. Stagenoun

    a place where anything is publicly exhibited; the scene of any noted action or carrer; the spot where any remarkable affair occurs

  7. Stagenoun

    the platform of a microscope, upon which an object is placed to be viewed. See Illust. of Microscope

  8. Stagenoun

    a place of rest on a regularly traveled road; a stage house; a station; a place appointed for a relay of horses

  9. Stagenoun

    a degree of advancement in a journey; one of several portions into which a road or course is marked off; the distance between two places of rest on a road; as, a stage of ten miles

  10. Stagenoun

    a degree of advancement in any pursuit, or of progress toward an end or result

  11. Stagenoun

    a large vehicle running from station to station for the accomodation of the public; a stagecoach; an omnibus

  12. Stagenoun

    one of several marked phases or periods in the development and growth of many animals and plants; as, the larval stage; pupa stage; zoea stage

  13. Stageverb

    to exhibit upon a stage, or as upon a stage; to display publicly

  14. Etymology: [OF. estage, F. tage, (assumed) LL. staticum, from L. stare to stand. See Stand, and cf. Static.]


  1. Stage

    In theatre or performance arts, the stage is a designated space for the performance of productions. The stage serves as a space for actors or performers and a focal point for the members of the audience. As an architectural feature, the stage may consist of a platform or series of platforms. In some cases, these may be temporary or adjustable but in theaters and other buildings devoted to such productions, the stage is often a permanent feature. There are several types of stages that vary as to the usage and the relation of the audience to them. The most common form found in the West is the proscenium stage. In this type, the audience is located on one side of the stage with the remaining sides hidden and used by the performers and technicians. Thrust stages may be similar to proscenium stages but with a platform or performance area that extends into the audience space so that the audience is located on three sides. In theatre in the round, the audience is located on all four sides of the stage. The fourth type of stage incorporates created and found stages which may be constructed specifically for a performance or may involve a space that is adapted as a stage.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Stage

    stāj, n. an elevated platform, esp. in a theatre: the theatre: theatrical representations, the theatrical calling: any place of exhibition or performance: a place of rest on a journey or road: distance between places: degree of progress.—v.t. to represent or place for representation on the stage.—ns. Stage′-coach, a coach that runs regularly with passengers from stage to stage; Stage′-craft, skill in putting a play on the stage; Stage′-door, the actors' entrance to a theatre; Stage′-driv′er, one who drives a stage; Stage′-effect′, theatrical effect; Stage′-fē′ver, a passion to go on the stage; Stage′-fright, nervousness before an audience, esp. for the first time; Stage′-man′ager, one who superintends the production of plays, and has general charge of everything behind the curtain; Stage′-play, a play for representation on a stage; Stage′-play′er, a player on the stage; Stā′ger, a stage-horse: one who has had much experience in anything.—adj. Stage′-struck, sorely smitten with stage-fever.—ns. Stage′-wag′on, a wagon for conveying goods and passengers at fixed times; Stage′-whis′per, a loud whisper, as that of an actor meant to be heard by the audience.—adjs. Stā′gey, Stā′gy, suggesting the stage, theatrical.—ns. Stā′giness; Stā′ging, a structure for workmen in building. [O. Fr. estage (Fr. étage), a story of a house, through a L. form staticus, from stāre, to stand.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. stage

    1. An element of the missile or propulsion system that generally separates from the missile at burnout or cut-off. Stages are numbered chronologically in order of burning. 2. To process, in a specified area, troops which are in transit from one locality to another. See also marshalling; staging area.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. stage

    Planks let over the ship's sides by ropes, whereon the people may stand when repairing, &c.--A floating stage is one which does not need the support of ropes.--Stage-gangway (see BROW).

Editors Contribution

  1. stage

    A specific unit of a goal, plan, project or time.

    The next stage was moving forward with each other united focused on our goals.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 19, 2020  

  2. stagenoun

    Saint stone street taken as a measure of life in the time period of history. 1.) A point, period, or step in a process or development. 2.) A raised floor or platform, typically in a theater, on which actors, entertainers, or speakers perform. 3.) A floor or level of a building or structure.

    The Most High stage is as a pure street of transparent glass that Courts the truth.

    Etymology: Court

    Submitted by Tony_Elyon on December 1, 2023  

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  1. Stage

    refers to the period of development; e.g. larval, pupal, etc.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. STAGE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Stage is ranked #11856 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Stage surname appeared 2,641 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Stage.

    93.4% or 2,468 total occurrences were White.
    2.3% or 61 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.7% or 45 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.1% or 29 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.8% or 21 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.6% or 17 total occurrences were Black.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'stage' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #602

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'stage' in Written Corpus Frequency: #662

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'stage' in Nouns Frequency: #175

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'stage' in Verbs Frequency: #836

Anagrams for stage »

  1. gates

  2. Geats

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stage in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of stage in a Sentence

  1. Yanzhong Huang:

    All those strategies they used to entice people to get their vaccine... may not work in this next stage of vaccination efforts, making it mandatory may be the only workable solution to the problem.

  2. Rory McIlroy:

    Hopefully, he comes back at some stage, and he will, and people will welcome him back and be glad that he is back.

  3. Mark Abbott:

    It is premature at this stage of the discussions to speculate about the possibility of a work stoppage, although there are a number of issues that still need to be resolved, that is true of every CBA negotiation and we are committed to continued negotiations.

  4. Frederic Panizzutti:

    There are no signs yet of a broader physical squeeze across silver and we would not expect any at this stage.

  5. Che Guevara:

    At 16, I read Marx and believed capitalism would end and we would go to the next stage of society, which is socialism. To me, this was absolute, i was wrong. Now I know it's not absolute. It may happen, but it may not.

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Translations for stage

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  • منصة, المسرحArabic
  • сәхнәBashkir
  • fase, etapa, escenari, pas, estadi, escenaCatalan, Valencian
  • stádium, jevištěCzech
  • llwyfanWelsh
  • stadie, scene, opføreDanish
  • inszenieren, Stufe, Bühne, BrettlGerman
  • φάση, στάδιο, αντικειμενοφόρα πλάκα, σκηνή, ταχυδρομική άμαξαGreek
  • fase, calesa, diligencia, actuar, etapa, escenario, escena, montar, trucar, platina, fingirSpanish
  • صحنه, سن, مرحله, به صحنه آوردنPersian
  • vaihe, järjestää, pysäyttää, näyttämö, pöytä, esittää, lavastaaFinnish
  • mettre en scène, monter de toutes pièces, forger, scène, calèche, organiser, étape, platineFrench
  • àrd-ùrlarScottish Gaelic
  • במהHebrew
  • मंचHindi
  • szakasz, színpadHungarian
  • tahapIndonesian
  • sviðIcelandic
  • fase, scena, stadioItalian
  • 舞台, 段階, ステージ, 段, 上演Japanese
  • 무대, 舞臺Korean
  • gihînek, qonax, gav, gihanek, قۆناغ, faz, qedem, merheleKurdish
  • scaenaLatin
  • tūāoma, atamira, whatārangiMāori
  • podium, opvoeren, toneel, ensceneren, stadiumDutch
  • faza, okres, podium, estrada, etap, scenaPolish
  • estágio, fase, palco, forjarPortuguese
  • фа́за, подмостки, эстрада, организовывать, предметный столик, ста́дия, эта́п, сцена, инсценировать, почтовая карета, дилижансRussian
  • pozornica, kazalnica, бинаSerbo-Croatian
  • oderSlovene
  • platform, iscensätta, framföra, genomföra, uppföraSwedish
  • ukumbiSwahili
  • sahneTurkish
  • vũ đài, 舞臺Vietnamese

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