Definition of aside noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈsaɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈsaɪd//
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  1. 1(in the theatre) something that a character in a play says to the audience, but which the other characters on stage are not intended to hear Shakespeare’s use of asides and soliloquies See related entries: Elements of a play
  2. 2a remark, often made in a low voice, which is not intended to be heard by everyone present He made several mocking asides about the inadequacy of women.
  3. 3a remark that is not directly connected with the main subject that is being discussed I mention it only as an aside.
  4. Word OriginMiddle English (originally on side): from a, ‘to, towards’ and side.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: aside