besides

preposition
be·​sides | \ bi-ˈsīdz How to pronounce besides (audio) , bē-\

Definition of besides

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

adverb

Definition of besides (Entry 2 of 3)

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

adjective

Definition of besides (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

So besides age, what makes these two generations totally different?Here are some of the defining characteristics that are said to belong to Gen Z... Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "How Gen Z and Millennials Are Totally Different," 17 Jan. 2019 LSU’s only other ranked foe besides Kentucky is Tennessee, but the Tigers must play two of their last three on the road. Gary B. Graves, The Seattle Times, "SEC’s top schools square off looking for league supremacy," 11 Feb. 2019 Going to auction to bid on a specific car for a customer is a service Lutz, and many dealers, frequently do, besides going there to stock their own lots with in-demand used vehicles. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's used-car stock market: What most buyers don't know," 1 July 2018 Harnish said that besides going with Musk, the region also needs to move forward with another way to get high-speed trains to the airport, not just from downtown but from nearby cities like Indianapolis and Champaign. Mary Wisniewski, chicagotribune.com, "Elon Musk's plans for O'Hare express draw skepticism," 14 June 2018 One of the only redeeming virtues of single-use plastic—besides its convenience—is the idea that all those used yogurt cups, water bottles and coffee lids can be tossed into the recycling bin to live another day as a park bench or even a T-shirt. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "China’s Plastic Ban Will Flood Us With Trash," 21 June 2018 Aside from organizing walk outs and vigils, Students Demand Action members are reaching out to politicians in the state urging them to do something besides sending thoughts and prayers. Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, "Woodlands chapter of Students Demand Action offers voice against gun violence," 1 June 2018 Grant, who looks like Matt Damon, doesn’t do anything of note besides look like Matt Damon. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "The Bachelorette Season 14 Premiere Recap: Not Gonna Say It," 29 May 2018 But there are other options besides remaining in the labor force, and this is a good time to explore them. Peter Finch, New York Times, "Countdown to Retirement: A Five-Year Plan," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

And besides, with multimillion-dollar budgets, production companies can afford to drop a few hundred bucks on wigs that look flawless on their stars. Marci Robin, Allure, "Tessa Thompson's Thor: Ragnarok Wig Came With a Jaw-Dropping Price Tag," 9 Aug. 2018 And besides, as a carload of eccentric editors and creatives ourselves, we were fascinated by the West’s idiosyncratic roadside attractions and oddball souls who managed to carve out an existence in such a cultural void. Anne Slowey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Fear and Self-Loathing in the American Southwest," 25 July 2018 And besides, as the days get shorter and the weather even less predictable, what beats becoming momentarily lost in a beautiful place? Marley Marius, Vogue, "8 of the Most Swoon-Worthy Interior Design Books Arriving This Fall," 22 Aug. 2018 And besides, Heitner notes, kids may lose interest after that initial rush of excitement. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Kids begging for a YouTube channel? What parents should know first," 7 June 2018 And besides, not everyone is ready to give money to a candidate. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "Elaine DiMasi learns hard lessons about money and leadership in politics," 5 July 2018 Too many people love him, and besides, one of the organizers was the district's former head of human resources who spent much of the 2000s in court. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Bud Lathrop, a bronze bust, and one last best chance to say "I love you." | The Kansas City Star," 21 Apr. 2018 And besides, if nothing else, the Checkers are in the AHL record book with that five-overtime loss Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Steve Lyttle, charlotteobserver, "5 questions to ponder in wake of Checkers’ playoff loss to Lehigh Valley | Charlotte Observer," 13 May 2018 And besides, an assistant manager is just one part of a whole network of backroom staff. SI.com, "FanView: Zeljko Buvac's Exit Revives Familiar Feelings, But There's No Reason to Panic," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of besides

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

History and Etymology for besides

Preposition

see beside entry 1

Adverb

see beside entry 1

Adjective

see beside entry 1

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More Definitions for besides

besides

preposition

English Language Learners Definition of besides

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: other than (someone or something)
: in addition to (something)

besides

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of besides (Entry 2 of 2)

: as well
: in addition to what has been said

besides

preposition
be·​sides | \ bi-ˈsīdz How to pronounce besides (audio) \

Kids Definition of besides

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : in addition to Besides cookies, they also baked a cake.
2 : other than There's no one here besides me.

besides

adverb

Kids Definition of besides (Entry 2 of 2)

: in addition : also We had pretzels and fruit and juice besides.

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