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

What’s more, there still is virtually nothing holders of bitcoin, ether, or any other cryptocurrency can do besides trade it. Akane Otani, WSJ, "Cryptocurrency Market Plumbs New Depths in 2018," 14 Aug. 2018 But besides that, the idea that food can be good or bad is all around us; Whole30 is just one iteration of diet culture’s ubiquitous messaging about food. Gray Chapman, SELF, "A Nightmare About Nachos Made Me Realize That Dieting Was Causing Me Food Anxiety," 27 Mar. 2019 There are, of course, other beneficial ingredients in Strawberry-C Brightening Serum besides strawberry. Marci Robin, Allure, "Volition’s New Strawberry-C Serum Sold Out at Sephora Just 10 Days After It Launched," 30 Mar. 2019 About 19 percent came from Indiana — making it the most common state of origin for guns besides Illinois. German Lopez, Vox, "I’ve covered gun violence for years. The solutions aren’t a big mystery.," 14 Feb. 2019 Are there any other places to consider besides the living room? Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Textile Designer Rebecca Atwood on the Right Way to Mix Patterns in a Room," 25 Sep. 2018 Prairie plants provide other benefits besides monarch habitat. Anna Groves, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "They're beautiful — and in danger. Now, a huge effort focuses on saving monarch butterflies," 13 July 2018 Trustee Mari Johnson expressed her concern that there may be too many traffic lights in the area, and suggested other options besides a traffic light, such as only allowing cars to make a right turn coming off of Park Avenue. Jessie Spangler, Aurora Beacon-News, "Sugar Grove Village Board discusses need for traffic study for proposed stoplight," 13 July 2018 Still, besides the big primary field, there are a couple other reasons that Pennsylvania could see a competitive Democratic primary. Marc Levy, The Seattle Times, "Surprise? Pennsylvania’s 2020 primary could be competitive," 25 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

And besides, commercial vehicles will likely all have parachutes. Dan Neil, WSJ, "The First Flying-Car Review," 12 Sep. 2018 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

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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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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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