backstory

[bak-stawr-ee, ‐stohr-ee]
noun, plural backstories.
1.
a narrative providing a history or background context, especially for a character or situation in a literary work, film, or dramatic series.
Also, back story.
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Example sentences
Before getting into the back and forth, some backstory.
But there's an important backstory: national defense.
During lulls in the action, players can dig into the backstory of various
  characters through conversation prompts.
Especially amusing were the ones where you knew the backstory, and could see
  how they were covering various things up.
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