Besides Definition

bĭ-sīdz
adverb
In addition; also.
I could smell the ocean, some pine trees, and something else besides.
American Heritage
In addition; as well.
Webster's New World
Except for that mentioned; else.
Webster's New World
Otherwise; else.
Has been to Mexico but nowhere besides.
American Heritage
Moreover; furthermore.
Webster's New World
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preposition
In addition to.
She was given a scholarship besides the award.
American Heritage
In addition to; as well as.
Webster's New World
Except for; other than.
No one besides the owner could control the angry dog.
American Heritage
Other than; except.
Who, besides him, is qualified?
Webster's New World
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.
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Origin of Besides

  • Middle English biside at the side beside -es adv. suff. –s3

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • beside +‎ -s See -s (Etymology 3)

    From Wiktionary

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