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1. The experiences of a character or the circumstances of an event that occur before the action or narrative of a literary, cinematic, or dramatic work: At rehearsal, the actors developed backstories for their characters.
2. The set of background conditions and events leading to a real-life situation.
3. A prequel.


n, pl -ries
(Film) the events which take place before, and which help to bring about, the events portrayed in a film


(ˈbækˌstɔr i, -ˌstoʊr i)
n., pl. -ries.
the background of a real or fictional story or situation; prior circumstances or events.
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A key element of every awards campaign is the backstory --behind-the-scenes talking points, in the form of a narrative.
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Despite being the first book, it has a lived-in feeling with deep backstory and realized characters.
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This mantra, plus her own fascinating backstory and a healthy dose of teamwork have helped inspire her students to achieve.