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

But what, specifically, do these conservatives want, besides a sense of thrill-in-combat that French’s irenic style denies them? Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "Ross Douthat Describes the Crisis of the Conservative Coalition," 7 June 2019 There are lots of reasons for the new Greek realpolitik, besides learning from the vulnerability of its past dependencies. Victor Davis Hanson, The Mercury News, "Hanson: Greece finds new footing as a player on the world stage," 6 June 2019 Precum carries another risk besides a hidden sperm or two. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "Can You Get Pregnant From Precum? An Ob-Gyn Explains," 5 June 2019 The Man in the High Castle—the Amazon series about a post-World War II society in which the Axis powers won—is the standard bearer by default, but besides the occasional 11.22.63 or 1983, the pickings are relatively slim. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "What If the Soviets Beat NASA to the Moon? Apple’s New Show Reimagines the Space Race," 3 June 2019 What's most notable (besides the very Glossier-esque baby pink packaging) is the price—nothing costs more than $30, which isn't too surprising since her fan base skews younger. Glamour, "We Tried Everything From Kylie Skin—Here Are Our First Impressions," 22 May 2019 An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the number of women. (Jan. 3, 2018) Fifteen lawmakers voted for speaker candidates besides House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy. Kristina Peterson, WSJ, "Nancy Pelosi Elected Speaker as House Votes for End to Shutdown," 3 Jan. 2019 Urban researchers Brian Elderbroom and Julia Durnan wrote that the measures cut prison populations and saved money, letting resources go to areas besides prisons. German Lopez, Vox, "Ohio votes against defelonizing drug possession with Issue 1," 7 Nov. 2018 In a video that rapidly flips between the sisters' posts, besides the obvious filter change, Kardashian West also appears to have inexplicably smoothed out one section of Chicago's forehead and curly hair. Andrea Park, Allure, "People Think Kim Kardashian West Photoshopped Baby Chicago’s Hair and Face," 9 Oct. 2018

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, 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

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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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