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

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 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb And, besides, reminding voters of Trump’s perfidy is not the same thing as resurrecting Biden’s political standing. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 3 June 2022 Satire has always had an admonitory function, and besides, some people are so obnoxious that a writer has to slow-walk the reader through their awfulness. Judith Shulevitz, The Atlantic, 11 May 2022 Also, to some grow extra internal organs, at a rate fast enough that there is something called the National Organ Registry to keep tabs on it, and maybe some other business besides. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 1 June 2022 This Danish documentary coproduction unravels the tentacles of the Slovak mafia and much else besides, and this from a valuable foreign perspective. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 31 May 2022 And besides, women were slowly becoming a more common sight at Nimmo Bay. Jen Murphy, Robb Report, 7 May 2022 But that only represents the beginning of the saga, and the less interesting part besides. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 3 May 2022 And besides, the counselor had told her to keep quiet. Laura Crimaldi, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Apr. 2022 And besides, who doesn't need a little reminder every once in a while about taking a sip of H2O? Sam Dangremond And Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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

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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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