- The definition of besides mean in addition to or furthermore.
- An example of besides used as an adverb is, "He went to the bank besides the store, grocer and pharmacy" which means he also went to the bank.
- An example of besides used as an adverb is, "She had $10, but nothing else besides" which means she only had $10.
- Besides is defined as in addition to, or except for.
- An example of besides used as a preposition is, "She had two dogs besides three cats" which means she has two dogs and three cats.
- An example of besides used as a preposition is, "Everyone went to the party besides Joe" which means that everyone, except for Joe, went to the party.
- in addition; as well
- except for that mentioned; else
- moreover; furthermore
Origin of besidesMiddle English from beside + -(e)s, adverbial genitive: see -s (sense )
- in addition to; as well as
- other than; except: who, besides him, is qualified?
- In addition; also: I could smell the ocean, some pine trees, and something else besides.
- Moreover; furthermore: I'm too tired to go for a walk. Besides, it's raining.
- Otherwise; else: has been to Mexico but nowhere besides.
- In addition to: She was given a scholarship besides the award.
- Except for; other than: No one besides the owner could control the angry dog.
Origin of besidesMiddle English biside at the side ; see beside . -es adv. suff. ; see -s 3.
Usage Note: Some critics argue that beside and besides should be kept distinct when they are used as prepositions. According to that argument, beside is used only to mean “at the side of,” as in There was no one in the seat beside me. For the meanings “in addition to” and “except for” besides should be used: Besides replacing the back stairs, she fixed the broken banister. No one besides Smitty would say a thing like that. But this distinction is often ignored, even by widely respected writers. While it is true that besides can never mean “at the side of,” beside regularly appears in print in place of besides. Using beside in this way can be ambiguous, however; the sentence There was no one beside him at the table could mean that he had the table to himself or that the seats next to him were not occupied. See Usage Note at together.
- In addition, in addition to.
- Other than; except for; instead of.
- I don't want to go anywhere besides India.
- Not to be confused with
beside + -s See -s (Etymology 3)