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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Synonyms for incidentally


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 British actress—who incidentally is married to rocker Marcus Mumford—made an appearance at a SAG-AFTRA event in New York yesterday to promote her new movie, Wildlife. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Carey Mulligan Gives the Rockstar Leather Pant an Unexpected New Look," 2 Oct. 2018 Amash and other members of both political parties have argued that a court order should be required before any data collected incidentally is used against Americans. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Rep. Justin Amash loses fights to limit government spying on Americans," 11 Jan. 2018 On the day Christine Blasey Ford testified before Congress — with Facebook’s top lobbyist incidentally on hand to support Brett Kavanaugh — Kevin Roose rounds up more of the misinformation that has been spreading about her. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook is pushing out its most creative skeptics," 28 Sep. 2018 The duo are immediately confronted with a pair of challenging puzzles: Who killed Anastasia Prill—incidentally, their first client—by introducing poisonous Calabar beans into her coffee grinder? Tom Nolan, WSJ, "Mysteries: When the Wheels Come Off," 25 Jan. 2019 This summer, Josh posted a sweet birthday message to his 10-year-old English bulldog, Sadie (who, incidentally, has her own Instagram). Emma Dibdin, Country Living, "Meet Hallmark's ‘Time For Me to Come Home for Christmas’ Star Josh Henderson," 9 Dec. 2018 Big Oil, at least with its public face, has acknowledged that reality and is supporting a revenue-neutral carbon tax in the US (one that, not incidentally, would shelter the industry from legal threats based on climate change). David Roberts, Vox, "Big Oil is using brute financial force to kill 2 state sustainability initiatives," 4 Nov. 2018 Two nodules in the lower lobe of her left lung were discovered incidentally during tests performed at George Washington University Hospital to diagnose and treat rib fractures sustained in a fall on November 7. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had surgery for malignant lung growths," 21 Dec. 2018 Quigley, incidentally, was also competing in Birmingham a few weeks ago. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "It's Time to Change the Rules of Track and Field," 28 Mar. 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 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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