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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Synonyms for offshoot


outgrowth, shoot, sprout

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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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The book is at its best when tracing the lyric and sonic collages of art rock and its offshoots to Burroughs’s groundbreaking use of literary cut-ups — the snipping and reassembling of texts to form new texts. Alexander C. Kafka, Washington Post, "How David Bowie, Jimmy Page, Patti Smith and other musicians fell for William S. Burroughs," 21 June 2019 Clean eating The notion of clean eating is an offshoot of the good/bad food concept that marketers seem to adore, to the dismay of many dietitians. Ellie Krieger, Houston Chronicle, "Here are the diet terms that make dietitians cringe," 19 June 2019 Blitz Up is an offshoot of Working Washington's broader push for a minimum pay floor of least $15 per hour in addition to expenses and tips. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, "On-demand workers are protesting -- using the apps they work for," 14 June 2019 The second is an offshoot of Boulder’s Fior Gelato, now based at Denver’s Zeppelin Station. Josie Sexton, The Denver Post, "Pizzeria Locale, Postino among 10 restaurants announced at coming 9th & Colorado," 10 June 2019 Thousands of rebel and jihadist group members are in the province, many of them part of an al Qaeda offshoot. Nancy A. Youssef, WSJ, "Pentagon, White House Confer on Military Options in Syria," 8 Sep. 2018 The Sacramento Kings built an e-sports training facility in its home arena, while the 76ers announced that Michael Lai, who works as a data scientist for the NBA team, will also serve as general manager of the new pro gaming offshoot. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Why competitive gaming is starting to look a lot like professional sports," 27 July 2018 New York Times Meet Letitia Wright, the future of film One of the more delightful offshoots of the Black Panther phenomenon now are the profiles of the actors, and the groundbreaking new archetypes they’ve been tapped to play. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "raceAhead: A Major Newspaper Publisher Quits Facebook Over Fake News," 9 Feb. 2018 Big man DeAndre Henry is transferring to the Valley's news prep basketball academy, PHHoenix Prep, which is an offshoot of the AAU club program Powerhouse Hoops. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Mountain Pointe hires basketball coach, loses top big man to Powerhouse prep team," 7 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce offshoot (audio) \

Kids Definition of offshoot

: a branch of a main stem of a plant

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