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besides

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preposition be·sides \bi-ˈsīdz, bē-\

Definition of besides

  1. 1 :  other than, except <no one besides us> <Nothing besides a miracle could help them.>

  2. 2 :  together with <a decision that, besides being practical, is morally right>

Examples of besides in a sentence

  1. She wants to learn other languages besides English and French.

  2. Besides its famous cakes, the bakery also makes delicious breads and cookies.

  3. These salads are delicious besides being healthy.

  4. I'm not ready to get married yet. Besides which, I enjoy living alone.

Origin and Etymology of besides

see 1beside


First Known Use: 15th century


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besides

adverb be·sides

Definition of besides

  1. 1 :  as well :  also <serves pizza, pasta, and many other foods besides>

  2. 2 :  moreover, furthermore <I can't go, and besides, I wouldn't go if I could.>

Examples of besides in a sentence

  1. They serve pasta and many other foods besides.

  2. I'm not ready to get married yet. Besides, I enjoy living alone.

Origin and Etymology of besides

see 1beside


First Known Use: 1577


3

besides

adjective be·sides

Definition of besides

  1. :  else <knows a lot about pop culture but very little besides>

Origin and Etymology of besides

see 1beside


First Known Use: 1597


BESIDES Defined for English Language Learners

1

besides

play
preposition be·sides \bi-ˈsīdz, bē-\

Definition of besides for English Language Learners

  • : other than (someone or something)

  • : in addition to (something)


2

besides

adverb be·sides

Definition of besides for English Language Learners

  • : as well

  • : in addition to what has been said


BESIDES Defined for Kids

1

besides

play
preposition be·sides \bi-ˈsīdz\

Definition of besides for Students

  1. 1 :  in addition to <Besides cookies, they also baked a cake.>

  2. 2 :  other than <There's no one here besides me.>


2

besides

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adverb be·sides

Definition of besides for Students

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



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