See more synonyms for aside on
  1. on or to one side; to or at a short distance apart; away from some position or direction: to turn aside; to move the chair aside.
  2. away from one's thoughts or consideration: to put one's cares aside.
  3. in reserve; in a separate place, as for safekeeping; apart; away: to put some money aside for a rainy day.
  4. away from a present group, especially for reasons of privacy; off to another part, as of a room; into or to a separate place: He took him aside and talked business.
  5. in spite of; put apart; notwithstanding: all kidding aside; unusual circumstances aside.
  1. a part of an actor's lines supposedly not heard by others on the stage and intended only for the audience.
  2. words spoken so as not to be heard by others present.
  3. a temporary departure from a main theme or topic, especially a parenthetical comment or remark; short digression.
  1. 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. 2018

Related Words for aside from

barring, beside, besides, except, excluding

British Dictionary definitions for aside from


  1. on or to one sidethey stood aside to let him pass
  2. out of hearing; in or into seclusionhe took her aside to tell her of his plan
  3. away from oneselfhe threw the book aside
  4. out of mind or considerationhe put aside all fears
  5. in or into reserveto put aside money for old age
  6. 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)
  1. something spoken by an actor, intended to be heard by the audience, but not by the others on stage
  2. any confidential statement spoken in undertones
  3. a digression
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Word Origin and History for aside from



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 from

aside from

see under apart from.


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

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