besides

[bih-sahydz]

adverb

moreover; furthermore; also: Besides, I promised her we would come.
in addition: There are three elm trees and two maples besides.
otherwise; else: They had a roof over their heads but not much besides.

preposition

over and above; in addition to: Besides a mother he has a sister to support.
other than; except: There's no one here besides Bill and me.

Nearby words

  1. beshrew,
  2. besht,
  3. beside,
  4. beside oneself,
  5. beside the point,
  6. besiege,
  7. beskids,
  8. beslan,
  9. beslobber,
  10. besmear

Origin of besides

Middle English word dating back to 1150–1200; see origin at beside, -s1

Can be confusedbeside besides (see usage note at beside)

Synonym study

1. Besides, moreover both indicate something additional to what has already been stated. Besides often suggests that the addition is in the nature of an afterthought: The bill cannot be paid as yet; besides, the work is not completed. Moreover is more formal and implies that the addition is something particular, emphatic, or important: I did not like the house; moreover, it was too high-priced.

Usage note

4, 5. See beside.

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British Dictionary definitions for besides

besides

preposition

apart from; even consideringbesides costing too much, the scheme is impractical

sentence connector

anyway; moreover

adverb

as well
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Word Origin and History for besides

besides

prep.

attested from c.1200 (common after c.1400), from beside + adverbial genitive -s. Once sharing all the senses of beside, now properly limited to "in addition to, otherwise."

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