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Definition of backstory noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (pl. backstories) [countable, uncountable]
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  1. 1the things that are supposed to have happened to the characters in a movie, novel, etc., before the movie, etc. starts The film spends too long establishing the characters' backstories.
  2. 2(especially in journalism) the background to a news story First, some backstory:…
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