in·​ci·​den·​tal·​ly | \ ˌin(t)-sə-ˈden-tᵊl-ē How to pronounce incidentally (audio) , especially for sense 2 -ˈdent-lē \

Definition of incidentally

1 : in an incidental manner : not intentionally the arrant nonsense of some of his statements is incidentally hilarious— John Lahr
2 : by way of interjection or digression : by the way fortunate in having a good teacher … —still living, incidentally— John Fischer

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Examples of incidentally in a Sentence

Not incidentally, the market slump was followed by widespread layoffs. incidentally, have you seen the new building they're putting up?
Recent Examples on the Web And yet already, right-wing pundits are blaming the state’s wind farms for the outages, which incidentally also affected neighboring grids like the Southwest Power Pool and Midcontinent Independent System Operator. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Conservatives Are Seriously Accusing Wind Turbines of Killing People in the Texas Blackouts," 16 Feb. 2021 And, not incidentally, the volume will drop considerably without spectators — or traditions such as Murray’s roving comedy show and Ribeiro’s impromptu dancing. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, "No Carlton dance, no Timberlake, just golf: Pebble Beach No-Am will be weird," 8 Feb. 2021 Miloš Zeman, incidentally, has warm relations with the Chinese government. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "How Fares Freedom?," 17 Dec. 2020 Nets surrounding the corn are simply pulled up and the carp are captured with very few — less than 1 in 100 — native fish incidentally taken in the nets. Greg Stanley, Star Tribune, "Corn, conveyor belts and a virus show promise in removing invasive carp from Minnesota waters," 30 Jan. 2021 People go to shows all over the world, incidentally. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Bubblicious, &c.," 4 Jan. 2021 The Music Man, incidentally, is about small-town life in Iowa. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Bubblicious, &c.," 4 Jan. 2021 The Balkanization of conservative media has been, incidentally, very good for CNN. TheWeek, "Newsmax beats Fox News in ratings for the 1st time," 9 Dec. 2020 The next names on the storm list, incidentally, are Theta and Iota. Leigh Morgan, al, "Tropical Storm Eta track update: Eta moves into the Gulf; expected to become a hurricane," 9 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of incidentally

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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24 Feb 2021

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“Incidentally.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of incidentally

: as something that is less interesting or important
used to introduce a statement that provides added information or that mentions another subject


in·​ci·​den·​tal·​ly | \ ˌin-sə-ˈden-tᵊl-ē How to pronounce incidentally (audio) \

Kids Definition of incidentally

1 : as a matter of less interest or importance
2 used to introduce a statement that provides additional information or changes the subject I'll call your mother. Incidentally, how is she?

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