in·​ci·​den·​tal·​ly ˌin(t)-sə-ˈden-tᵊl-ē How to pronounce incidentally (audio)
 especially for sense 2  -ˈdent-lē
: in an incidental manner : not intentionally
the arrant nonsense of some of his statements is incidentally hilariousJohn Lahr
: by way of interjection or digression : by the way
fortunate in having a good teacher … —still living, incidentallyJohn Fischer

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 Page, incidentally, had years earlier pitched the story of his rescuer to Hollywood; in 1963, Casablanca co-writer Howard Koch penned a script based on Page’s story for MGM, and Sean Connery was approached about starring, but that version never panned out. Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Feb. 2024 Much later, he became known as the (spiritual and, incidentally, actual) father of Bibi, the current Israeli Prime Minister, and as, in Bibi’s retelling, the patriarch of American-Israeli relations. Gideon Lewis-Kraus, The New Yorker, 15 Feb. 2024 The holiday celebrates the patron saint of Ireland who, incidentally, wasn’t even Irish. Clare Mulroy, USA TODAY, 12 Feb. 2024 Another issue is that many cancers are detected incidentally, when the patient is receiving treatment for something else — as was the case for Charles. Victoria Bisset, Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2024 Not at all incidentally, a gun was on the floor behind the console of Cobb’s car. Joe Soucheray, Twin Cities, 27 Jan. 2024 Organic fibers typically cost more, as do varieties such as Supima cotton, which is grown in the United States and is used by brands such as American Giant, which prides itself on durability (and, incidentally, sells a $50 T-shirt). Annie Midori Atherton, Washington Post, 31 Jan. 2024 As Boreas, Doody succeeds former Vikings wide receiver and youth sports mentor Leo Lewis III — a man whom Doody, incidentally, knew long before either was involved in Winter Carnival. Jared Kaufman, Twin Cities, 27 Jan. 2024 This week’s episode incidentally marked Carvey’s return to the show, two months after his 32-year-old son Dex died of a drug overdose. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, 18 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of incidentally was in 1665

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“Incidentally.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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in·​ci·​den·​tal·​ly ˌin(t)-sə-ˈdent-ᵊl-ē How to pronounce incidentally (audio)
 especially for sense 2  -ˈdent-lē
: in an incidental manner
discusses the problem only incidentally
: apart from that : by the way
a one-room school—still standing, incidentally—which was painted red

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