• noun: a comment spoken by a character in a play that is heard by the audience but is supposedly not heard by other characters on stage
  • noun: an utterance meant to be inaudible to someone
  • adverb: to or toward the side
  • often used figuratively
  • synonyms: apart, off, away


  • Dangerous appearances 'aside', these animals are really very gentle and friendly. [=these animals are friendly despite their dangerous appearances]

  • In his speech he mentioned her contributions almost as an 'aside', despite the fact that she was the one who came up with the idea originally.

  • The movie has been praised by most people, 'aside from' a few critics who have called its happy ending trite and predictable.

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