off·​shoot | \ ˈȯf-ˌshüt How to pronounce offshoot (audio) \

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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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
Recent Examples on the Web Three major companies are suspending donations and another is seeking a refund from a Republican attorneys general group after an offshoot participated in last week’s march on the U.S. Capitol that turned into a violent raid, a newsletter reported. Jon Herskovitz,, "Facebook, Doordash Halt Donations to Republican AGs, Report Says," 13 Jan. 2021 Your House, an offshoot of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington that started during the pandemic. New York Times, "The Start of a New Chapter in Their Favorite Bookstore," 6 Dec. 2020 An offshoot of that service, known as the Microsoft Productivity Score, measured how well those enterprise workers were using the various features of Office 365. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft tweaks its Productivity Score, removing employee names to preserve privacy," 1 Dec. 2020 The authors note that the 1970s Krewe of Clones and its offshoot Krewe du Vieux were prototypes of the irreverent, satirical comedy seen in many contemporary foot parades. Doug Maccash,, "Need a guide to New Orleans Mardi Gras marching groups? New photo book 'I Wanna Do That!' can help," 1 Dec. 2020 Jim Murphy runs the Black Robe Regiment, an armed, Christian tea party offshoot in Wisconsin. Los Angeles Times, "What if armed, far-right groups go to the polls? Some plan to," 10 Oct. 2020 At the time, employees said the rocket offshoot of Virgin Galactic—Virgin Orbit would not be formally separated from Galactic until 2017—operated similarly to SpaceX in its earlier days. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Virgin Orbit has a unique launch capability, but it’s come at a high price," 6 Oct. 2020 Brunel moved to the U.S. in 1995 to start an American offshoot of the agency. Lydia Wang,, "What To Know About Jean-Luc Brunel, One Of Jeffrey Epstein’s Closest Associates," 17 Dec. 2020 So, Thandiwe decided to help create an offshoot of the organization that was focused on the children. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Thandiwe Abdullah is Leading the Next Generation of the Black Lives Matter Movement," 1 Dec. 2020

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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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24 Jan 2021

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“Offshoot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce offshoot (audio) \

Kids Definition of offshoot

: a branch of a main stem of a plant

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