Meaning of STAGE in English


I. ˈstāj noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French estage abode, story of a building, state, from Vulgar Latin * staticum, from Latin stare to stand — more at stand

Date: 14th century


a. : one of a series of positions or stations one above the other : step

b. : the height of the surface of a river above an arbitrary zero point

flood stage



(1) : a raised platform

(2) : the part of a theater on which the acting takes place and which often includes the wings

(3) : the acting profession : the theater as an occupation or activity

(4) : soundstage

b. : a center of attention or scene of action


a. : a scaffold for workmen

b. : the small platform of a microscope on which an object is placed for examination


a. : a place of rest formerly provided for those traveling by stagecoach : station

b. : the distance between two stopping places on a road

c. : stagecoach


a. : a period or step in a progress, activity, or development: as

(1) : one of the distinguishable periods of growth and development of a plant or animal

the larval stage of an insect

(2) : a period or phase in the course of a disease ; also : the degree of involvement or severity of a disease

b. : one passing through a (specified) stage

6. : an element or part of an electronic device (as an amplifier)

7. : one of two or more sections of a rocket that have their own fuel and engine

• stage·ful -ˌfu̇l noun

• stage·like -ˌlīk adjective

- on the stage

II. transitive verb

( staged ; stag·ing )

Date: 1879

1. : to produce (as a play) on a stage

2. : to produce or cause to happen for public view or public effect

stage a track meet

stage a hunger strike

3. : to determine the phase or severity of (a disease) based on a classification of established symptomatic criteria ; also : to evaluate (a patient) to determine the phase, severity, or progression of a disease

• stage·able ˈstā-jə-bəl adjective

III. adjective

Date: 1824

: intended to represent a type or stereotype

a stage Irishman

a stage French accent

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