in·​ci·​den·​tal·​ly | \ˌin(t)-sə-ˈden-tᵊl-ē, 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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apropos, en passant

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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?

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The process of donating miles to help reunite families has, incidentally, proved far easier than weeding through the fine print and restrictions of using the miles to book travel for myself: a simple form, a phone call, and that's all. Cynthia Drescher, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Use Your Air Miles to Help Families Separated at the Border," 8 Aug. 2018 Mohamed Salah's Egypt failed to win a game at their first World Cup in 26 years, whilst Saudi Arabia won just once, incidentally against Egypt., "Increasing the Amount of Teams at the World Cup Is a Great Idea, Even if the Quality Will Diminish," 2 July 2018 The shoes, incidentally, are being sold at Carla Sozzani’s 10 Corso Como store that opened this past September in New York’s Seaport district. Mark Holgate, Vogue, "Simon Spurr’s New Shoe Label March NYC Is So Rock ’n’ Roll It Should Be on Tour," 2 Nov. 2018 Which, incidentally, is Goop’s whole MO — albeit more often at price points that are totally inaccessible to the average consumer. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Why Google wants to sell its gadgets in Goop stores," 17 Oct. 2018 Camille Preaker, our protagonist, is more winsome than Libby Day, but only incidentally (and only incrementally). A.j. Finn,, "Gillian Flynn's 'Sharp Objects' gives women permission to be bad," 13 July 2018 Anderson, incidentally, fronts the band branded as Anderson, (Trevor) Rabin and (Rick) Wakeman or, more familiarly, ARW. Chuck Darrow,, "Why are Philadelphians so obsessed with the band Yes?," 12 July 2018 Call it progress, the inevitable inexorable direction of taking control from the driver for the sake of automation, which incidentally, was first offered way back in the ’60s in the form of cruise control. Robert Duffer,, "The shift is on: Manual transmissions may be endangered but they're also beloved," 11 July 2018 Apple was already showing significant interest in news aggregation back in Mar. 2018 with the acquisition of magazine subscription service Texture -- which, incidentally, is part-owned by Condé Nast, Ostroff’s current employer. Cherie Hu, Billboard, "Aggressive Content Bundling Might Be Spotify's Only Chance of Competing With Apple, Amazon," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of incidentally

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

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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