Definition of backstory noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbækstɔːri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbækstɔːri//
    (pl. backstories) [countable, uncountable] Elements of a story, Film plots, Journalism
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  1. 1the things that are supposed to have happened to the characters in a film/movie, novel, etc., before the film/movie, etc. starts The film spends too long establishing the characters' backstories. See related entries: Elements of a story, Film plots
  2. 2(especially in journalism) the background to a news story First, some backstory:… See related entries: Journalism
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: backstory