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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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 But publicly, Cowher, 62, who incidentally was on the opposing sideline the last time Dallas played in a Super Bowl, has not closed the door on a return to coaching. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Urban Meyer, Bill Cowher should be at top of Cowboys' coaching candidates list," 5 Jan. 2020 Shots are usually close, and the fact that many bruins are taken incidentally by deer hunters, with deer-hunting rifles should tell you something. Richard Mann, Field & Stream, "The 10 Best Black Bear Cartridges," 17 Sep. 2019 Presented with a choice between Clemson and North Carolina A&T, most high-school athletes would choose Clemson—whose starting lineup, not incidentally, is majority black. Jemele Hill, The Atlantic, "It’s Time for Black Athletes to Leave White Colleges," 5 Sep. 2019 On the same day Chris Petersen stepped down as Washington’s head coach, Dec. 2, former Irish offensive coordinator Chip Long and wide receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander incidentally visited McMillan’s school. Carter Karels, Indianapolis Star, "'I never heard from Brian Kelly.' Explaining Notre Dame's toughest misses in 2020 class," 3 Jan. 2020 CrowdStrike, incidentally, is retained by the National Republican Congressional Committee. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Ukraine and Us," 19 Dec. 2019 Around 1833, Jonathan and B.F. Meek of Frankfort, Ky., began making multiplying-gear reels from nickel, silver and brass at their watchmaking shop, though incidentally to their primary business. Colin Moore, Outdoor Life, "12 Awesome, Old-School Reels That Changed How We Fish," 22 Nov. 2019 The teams, incidentally, haven’t played in the regular season since 2017 — overall, Washington has 10 of the last 11 meetings dating to 2012. Ben Walker, The Denver Post, "Capital hill: Astros, Nationals put World Series eyes on pitching," 20 Oct. 2019 The pardon came, not incidentally, after a visit last week from Kim Kardashian West, who learned of Johnson's plight through a video online. Josh Hafner, USA TODAY, "OnPolitics Today: Trump suggested killing drug dealers. Today, he pardoned one," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of incidentally

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Feb 2020

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“Incidentally.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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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 subjectI'll call your mother. Incidentally, how is she?

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