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[awf-kam-er-uh, -kam-ruh, of-] /ˈɔfˈkæm ər ə, -ˈkæm rə, ˈɒf-/

occurring as part of a film or program but outside the range of the motion-picture or television camera:
the off-camera shouts of a mob.
out of the range of a motion-picture or television camera:
The star walked off-camera at the end of his monologue.
(of an actor) in one’s private rather than professional life:
Off-camera the movie star liked to cook.

1944, from off (adv.) + camera.


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