[ bih-sahydz ]
/ bɪˈsaɪdz /


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.


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.

Origin of besides

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

Can be confused

beside 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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for besides

British Dictionary definitions for besides


/ (bɪˈsaɪdz) /


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

sentence connector

anyway; moreover


as well
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