besides

preposition
be·​sides | \ bi-ˈsīdz, 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

Though the building is faithful to the shipping container aesthetic, all of the units have slanted cut-outs, which, besides serving as very cool angular windows, create a chevron pattern that manifests across the building’s facade. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Striking apartment building is made up of 140 shipping containers," 12 Nov. 2018 Tennessee Tech, located in Cookeville, Tenn., may not bring a whole lot of history to Austin (besides being former Texas football coach Mack Brown's hometown) but the high-powered offense has gotten the attention of the Horns' pitching staff. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Arlington Heights' Blair Henley on verge of helping Texas return to Omaha," 7 June 2018 There’s a lot of aesthetic and beauty but a big part of it (besides the art) is the science. That’s planning, having a floor plan…you know, things like making sure your sofa fits through the front door. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Original 'Queer Eye' Stars Reunite For TV's Most Stylish Home Makeover Show," 19 Oct. 2018 There is little more to parse from this latest installment of the ongoing fashion designer reshuffle besides an examination of Trotter’s official portrait for this announcement. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Lacoste Appoints Louise Trotter as Creative Director," 4 Oct. 2018 Note that this list is not meant to be comprehensive, as there are many more standouts besides the ones listed here. OregonLive.com, "Meet Oregon's high school lacrosse stars of 2018," 24 May 2018 When the Apple Watch Series 4 was announced this past September, the most significant new hardware feature besides the larger screen was probably the ability to take an ECG directly on the watch. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Apple Watch electrocardiogram and irregular heart rate features are available today," 6 Dec. 2018 Other figures besides Schulze played important roles in bringing about Trump’s summit with Kim, not least South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in, who mediated tirelessly between the two leaders. Mark Mazzetti, BostonGlobe.com, "Financier worked to open a channel between Kushner and North Korea," 17 June 2018 Because there's somebody else besides Eddie ready to welcome Grace back—the one who's been getting into people's heads lately, causing them to do awful things like gut 16 grazing sheep. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "Ike Holter’s latest, The Light Fantastic, is darkly playful," 23 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

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 And besides, an assistant manager is just one part of a whole network of backroom staff. SI.com, "FanView: Zeljko Buvac's Exit Revives Familiar Feelings, But There's No Reason to Panic," 1 May 2018 And besides, with only one squad having done enough in the regular season to avoid the play-in games, the Pac-12 had little hope of accomplishing anything of substance in this postseason that didn’t involve creating bad optics. Chris Johnson, SI.com, "March Madness Day 1 Takeaways: Loyola-Chicago Provides a Spark; SEC Shines While Pac-12 Flops," 16 Mar. 2018 And besides: Obama had declared the war in Afghanistan over in 2014. Longreads, "Guantánamo, Forever," 1 Mar. 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 \

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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