Definition of incidentally in English:



  • 1sentence adverb Used to add a further comment or a remark unconnected to the current subject; by the way.

    ‘incidentally, it was many months before the whole truth was discovered’
    • ‘This campaign, incidentally, is being seriously impeded not just by my own curmudgeonliness, but more by the lack of a mate to drag along.’
    • ‘The Prom, incidentally, is an old tradition of the college, going back 80 years.’
    • ‘His talent was nurtured by his parents who, incidentally, met at a rambling club in the 1940s.’
    • ‘Many of the American founders, incidentally, made exactly the same distinction.’
    • ‘Your uniform is a mess incidentally and I am writing of it to your mother.’
    • ‘Kids, incidentally, can be really cute, if you're looking for an extra incentive.’
    • ‘He is also, incidentally, seeking to become the second black quarterback to win a Super Bowl, and is boosted by the best season of his career.’
    • ‘One guy attacked me in a big bear hug of excitement, which incidentally, I didn't mind at all.’
    • ‘In the last half of the series, Carrie hooked up with a Russian artist, played, incidentally, by a famous Russian ballet dancer.’
    • ‘Key lime pie, which incidentally ought to be yellow and not green, is understandably big on Florida dessert menus.’
    • ‘In social life he loved the fishing rod which incidentally was one of the gifts of the Offertory Procession at his Requiem Mass.’
    • ‘I went to see it the other day, incidentally, it's still there, still exactly as it was in 1935.’
    • ‘There's a magazine devoted to them, and a museum, which incidentally, I have been to.’
    • ‘Food importation is, incidentally, the major gobbler of foreign exchange in any year that the country has to import.’
    • ‘The author Picador poached from Random House is, incidentally, the first British winner since 1998.’
    • ‘Australian wine, incidentally, has found favour among the people of France, the spiritual home of Wine.’
    • ‘These, incidentally, are the countries that have the largest number of endangered primate species.’
    • ‘That, incidentally, was one of the subjects the aspiring beauty queens were asked to speak about.’
    • ‘The Free Trade Hall in Manchester was once one of the North's great venues for many years, and also incidentally a haunt of my teenage years.’
    • ‘River water, incidentally, is even drinkable today after a good boil.’
    by the way, by the by, by the bye, in passing, en passant, speaking of which, while on the subject
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  • 2In an incidental manner; as a chance occurrence.

    ‘the infection was discovered only incidentally at post-mortem examination’
    • ‘If it happens incidentally, if some kid looks at me and says ‘maybe I could do that?’’
    • ‘Some people say the best things in life happen incidentally, by chance, that fate defines what becomes of us.’
    • ‘Usually it is associated with gall stones and may be discovered incidentally at operation.’
    • ‘EMH foci in the liver are usually asymptomatic and may be discovered incidentally.’
    • ‘Your doctor may discover them incidentally during a pelvic exam or prenatal ultrasound.’
    • ‘On the issue of specification of works, there is nothing I wish to add save in so far as my remarks on consultation may incidentally touch upon it.’
    • ‘Salivary stones may be discovered incidentally on dental radiographs or during routine examination.’
    by chance, by accident, accidentally, fortuitously, by a fluke, as luck would have it, by a twist of fate
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