aside from,
    1. apart from; besides; excluding: Aside from her salary, she receives money from investments.
    2. except for: They had no more food, aside from a few stale rolls.

Origin of aside

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at a-1, side1
Related formsqua·si-a·side, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for aside

Contemporary Examples of aside

Historical Examples of aside

  • “Not but what she would have royal example,” muttered Tibble aside.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • Aside to audience in comic despair, with appropriate gesture.

    The Dramatic Values in Plautus

    Wilton Wallace Blancke

  • The soliloquy and aside are evidently not so frequent in New Comedy.

    The Dramatic Values in Plautus

    Wilton Wallace Blancke

  • The Inspector shot a word of warning to Gilder in an aside that Dick could not hear.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • He had put her aside without a qualm; and now he met her announcement with approval.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

British Dictionary definitions for aside



on or to one sidethey stood aside to let him pass
out of hearing; in or into seclusionhe took her aside to tell her of his plan
away from oneselfhe threw the book aside
out of mind or considerationhe put aside all fears
in or into reserveto put aside money for old age
aside from (preposition) mainly US and Canadian
  1. besideshe has money aside from his possessions
  2. except forhe has nothing aside from the clothes he stands in Compare apart (def. 7)


something spoken by an actor, intended to be heard by the audience, but not by the others on stage
any confidential statement spoken in undertones
a digression
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Word Origin and History for aside

c.1300, "off to one side;" mid-14c., "to or from the side;" late 14c., "away or apart from others, out of the way," from a- (1) + side (n.). Noun sense of "words spoken so as to be (supposed) inaudible" is from 1727. Middle English had asidely "on the side, indirectly" (early 15c.) and asideward "sideways, horizontal" (late 14c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with aside


see all joking aside; lay aside; set aside; take aside.

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