besides

1 of 3

preposition

be·​sides bi-ˈsīdz How to pronounce besides (audio)
bē-
1
: other than, except
no one besides us
Nothing besides a miracle could help them.
2
: together with
a decision that, besides being practical, is morally right

besides

2 of 3

adverb

1
: as well : also
serves pizza, pasta, and many other foods besides
2
: moreover, furthermore
I can't go, and besides, I wouldn't go if I could.

besides

3 of 3

adjective

: else
knows a lot about pop culture but very little besides

Examples of besides in a Sentence

Preposition She wants to learn other languages besides English and French. Besides its famous cakes, the bakery also makes delicious breads and cookies. These salads are delicious besides being healthy. I'm not ready to get married yet. Besides which, I enjoy living alone. Adverb They serve pasta and many other foods besides. I'm not ready to get married yet. Besides, I enjoy living alone. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Preposition
But his death had many contributing factors besides being unable to breath while face down on the ground. Kevin Grasha, Cincinnati.com, 2 June 2020 The airline’s crew members and ground services personnel are undergoing detailed health check-ups at regular intervals, besides wearing protective gear at all times. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, 31 May 2020 Plus, besides setting stuff on fire, a campfire is also good for warmth, atmosphere, cooking and keeping the bugs at bay. Catherine Newman, New York Times, 15 May 2020 Throughout her essay collection, besides sharing these micro-examples of her interior life, Chew-Bose reflects broadly on her coming of age as a first-generation Canadian woman with Indian parents. The Atlantic Culture Desk, The Atlantic, 15 May 2020 But besides giving viewers at home a look into their life, Sudano, whose mother happens to be the late Donna Summers, hopes this show will inspire folks to chase their dreams. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, 28 Apr. 2020 And besides livestreaming ceremonies, handing off cremated remains to families is a different process under social distancing guidelines. Ryan Prior, CNN, 16 Apr. 2020 The novel coronavirus hasn’t been shown to appear in any of these organs—besides of course the lungs, the upper respiratory tract, and sometimes within lymph nodes. Douglas Main, National Geographic, 20 Mar. 2020 This directive raises a question: What, besides basic infrastructure to support astronauts, could be worth protecting on the moon? Leonard David, Scientific American, 21 May 2020
Adverb
And, besides, at the doors on each side were long rows of fleece blankets for moviegoers to take off pegs and cuddle up with during the show. Sam McManis, Sacramento Bee, 30 Jan. 2024 However, its skin-loving ingredients are sure to play nice with most skin types — and besides, a little can go a long way. Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 12 Nov. 2023 There’s much else besides, as our test-drivers have been hard at it this month. Paul Croughton, Robb Report, 5 Nov. 2023 There have been calls for the company to offer a gluten-free version, but longtime Tofurky eaters are attached to the formula — and besides, the wheat gluten in the outer layer would have to be tinkered with as well. Lee Powell, Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2023 And besides, was the political problem in his lifetime that the facts were concealed? Ben Lerner, Harper's Magazine, 3 Nov. 2023 And besides, the large oaks in my neighborhood are probably going on 100 years old, Anderson said. John Kelly, Washington Post, 10 Oct. 2023 And besides, picking fights would be bad for a brand that relies on authenticity. Amelia Nierenberg, New York Times, 3 Oct. 2023 And besides, the entire world was going through some version of the same thing with COVID; this time around, the cease in work is specific to the film industry. Sofía Tafich, Vogue, 25 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Preposition

see beside entry 1

Adverb

see beside entry 1

Adjective

see beside entry 1

First Known Use

Preposition

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1597, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of besides was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Besides.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/besides. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

besides

1 of 2 preposition
be·​sides bi-ˈsīdz How to pronounce besides (audio)
1
: except for
no one besides me knows about it
2
: in addition to
besides being useful, it looks good

besides

2 of 2 adverb
: in addition : also
had a big dinner and dessert besides

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