Pronunciation: (u-sīd'),[key] —adv. 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, esp. 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. 6. aside from, a. apart from; besides; excluding: Aside from her salary, she receives money from investments. b. except for: They had no more food, aside from a few stale rolls.
—n. 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, esp. a parenthetical comment or remark; short digression.