off·​shoot | \ˈȯf-ˌshüt \

Definition of offshoot 

1a : a collateral or derived branch, descendant, or member : outgrowth

b : a lateral branch (as of a mountain range)

2 : a branch of a main stem especially of a plant

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Synonyms & Antonyms for offshoot


by-product, derivate, derivation, derivative, outgrowth, spin-off


origin, root, source

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Examples of offshoot in a Sentence

The business started as an offshoot of an established fashion design company. we knew the rosebush had survived the harsh winter when it began producing offshoots and turning green again

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Pressley backs Medicare-for-all, the single-payer healthcare proposal, which helped her garner backing from Our Revolution, the offshoot of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign. Steve Leblanc, The Seattle Times, "Pressley’s upset another win for fresh Democratic voices," 4 Sep. 2018 Al-Qaida in Yemen long has been considered the most dangerous offshoot of the terror organization founded by Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks. Maggie Michael, Fox News, "US official says UAE paid Yemen tribes to push al-Qaida out," 15 Aug. 2018 The Smoking Goose Meatery offshoot debuted in 2017 at Sun King Brewery’s taproom near Downtown Indianapolis and lands at Sun King's new distillery in July. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Every restaurant you'll try at IndyStar Wine & Food Experience," 25 June 2018 Darina Allen, a daughter-in-law who runs the offshoot Ballymaloe Cookery School, said the cause was pneumonia. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Myrtle Allen, Who Elevated Irish Cooking, Dies at 94," 18 June 2018 Companies like Common and WeLive—the residential offshoot of WeWork—have invested in projects in big cities, including New York; Washington, D.C.; and San Francisco. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Can tech outsmart the housing shortage?," 29 May 2018 After Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston in September, the young Airbus offshoot went to work. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "Airbus Combines Satellites, Planes, and Drones for a New View of the World," 3 May 2018 The campus offshoots typically offer fewer degree programs, though. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "4 ways to get an Arizona university degree for less money," 19 Apr. 2018 Bard Music West: The California offshoot of the long-running music festival at Bard College in upstate New York presents a second season, this time dedicated to the work and influence of the pioneering composer Henry Cowell. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Area arts and entertainment picks, April 6-8," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of offshoot

1710, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of offshoot was in 1710

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English Language Learners Definition of offshoot

: something (such as a business) that develops from something larger

: a branch that grows on one of the main stems of a plant


off·​shoot | \ˈof-ˌshüt \

Kids Definition of offshoot

: a branch of a main stem of a plant

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