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 restaurant, an offshoot of a nearby kosher sushi restaurant that opened in 2016, is big and spacious and has a large salad bar in the middle of the dining room. Michael Mayo,, "Pastrami revival? Wave of delis open in South Florida, blending old and new," 11 July 2019 Environment America was created as an offshoot of the U.S. Public Interest Research Group in 2007 in order to focus entirely on environmental issues. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "America's dirtiest beaches list revised after errors discovered," 9 Aug. 2019 WarnerMedia’s announcement raised some questions about how its main streaming platform would handle its offshoot streaming channels, like HBO Go and DC Universe. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Doom Patrol gets new season, and will stream simultaneously on HBO Max and DC Universe," 21 July 2019 The Atlas Restaurant Group opened the bar this summer as an outdoor offshoot of high-end Greek restaurant Ouzo Bay. Christina Tkacik,, "A fun, millennial vibe and tasty fare at Ouzo Beach," 18 July 2019 The show debuted in 2017 as an offshoot of the Carpool Karaoke segment from The Late Late Show with James Corden. Rachel Yang,, "Carpool Karaoke: The Series teases third season with Stranger Things episode," 17 July 2019 To tell the story of Kuriya @ Cherrity Bar is to unpack its genesis as an offshoot of the best ramen bar in the city. Mike Sutter,, "Review: Kuriya @ Cherrity Bar delivers Japanese ramen with San Antonio charm," 3 July 2019 In 2014, Liv’s Oyster Bar opened its seasonal offshoot, Liv’s Shack, in the town’s Harbor One Marina, serving a streamlined seafood menu in a casual setting overlooking the water. Leeanne Griffin,, "‘No mayo’ is the lobster roll motto at Liv’s Shack in Old Saybrook," 21 June 2019 The store started as an offshoot of Jimi-Z and Patti Offenbach’s wholesale business by the same name. Jonathan Kauffman, San Francisco Chronicle, "As the Ferry Building evolves, its original grocery vendors adjust to the times," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of offshoot

1710, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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to make a temporary encampment

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