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[bak-stawr-ee, ‐stohr-ee] /ˈbækˌstɔr i, ‐ˌstoʊr i/
noun, plural backstories.
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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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.
  • My regular readers are going to need some context and backstory to what motivated writing this series of posts.
  • It's always thrilling to discover that your backstory might be richer than you thought.
  • Each also has a backstory that you can read to aid in your world domination.
  • While you learn a little backstory, it's not integral to the film and it's likely you've figured out the reveal at this point.
  • The rest of the story slowly reveals that why, with strategically placed details and backstory.
  • In the shows, on the other hand, she's given a backstory and a sense of agency.
Word Origin and History for backstory

c.1990, from background story.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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