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 Here are our fave things about the playroom, besides Baby Canon's unenthusiastic facial expressions as his sisters Riley and Ryan go estatic. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Rainbows and Unicorns Galore! Flour Shop's Amirah Kassem Remodeled Ayesha Curry's Playroom," 15 Jan. 2020 Spirit has long been thought to be the one big company besides Boeing that could suffer the most from the 737 Max's troubles. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "Boeing 737 Max parts supplier laying off 2,800 employees," 10 Jan. 2020 Nearly every single Netflix series besides the brand-new reality show follows the same rules: Debut an entire season in one day, invite viewers to binge it all in one shot, pop up in pockets of Twitter for a weekend, the end. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Will Miranda Win The Circle With This Very Bachelorette Strategy?," 3 Jan. 2020 Midnight in Paris plays fast and loose with its characterizations (and besides, Avengers: Endgame has already shown that most assumptions about time travel are false, anyway). Jason Herbert, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Were the Best History Movies of the Decade?," 31 Dec. 2019 The only indication this is anything besides the place where Icel ages and ships his wine are two long tables and a leather couch. Noah Kaufman, Condé Nast Traveler, "You Can Take a Wine Country Road Trip—on the East Coast," 13 Dec. 2019 That study has been widely debunked, given that other factors besides medical costs, such as job loss during treatment for a serious illness or falling behind on payments, tend to be larger factors. Kimberly Leonard, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Healthcare: 2020 Democrats ready to go further than Trump on vaping," 7 Jan. 2020 AFC East teams besides the New England Patriots don’t typically make the playoffs. Cameron Dasilva, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Should you bet on the Buffalo Bills to win Super Bowl LIV?," 3 Jan. 2020 Among its three executives, besides Wilson, was Audie Murphy, the decorated World War II veteran turned actor. AZCentral.com, "Don Bolles files: The scheme to let racehorses choose winners in a state lottery," 12 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb And besides, Mulvaney was always a part-timer, fitting in a few days a week at the CFPB while also heading the Office of Management and Budget, and then moving to the White House as acting chief of staff. Anjali Tsui, ProPublica, "How Payday Lenders Spent $1 Million at a Trump Resort — and Cashed In," 5 June 2019 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 And besides, wouldn’t Subban winning the Conn Smythe just wonderfully stick in so many Canadian craws? Si.com Staff, SI.com, "2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs: SI Staffers Make Postseason Predictions," 11 Apr. 2018 And besides, Mulvaney was always a part-timer, fitting in a few days a week at the CFPB while also heading the Office of Management and Budget, and then moving to the White House as acting chief of staff. Anjali Tsui, ProPublica, "How Payday Lenders Spent $1 Million at a Trump Resort — and Cashed In," 5 June 2019 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

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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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Time Traveler for besides

Time Traveler

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

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25 Jan 2020

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“Besides.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/besides. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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More Definitions for besides

besides

preposition
How to pronounce besides (audio)

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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