Definition of incidentally in English:



  • 1sentence adverb Used when a person has something more to say, or is about to add a remark unconnected to the current subject; by the way.

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

    ‘the infection was discovered only incidentally at a postmortem examination’
    • ‘Some people say the best things in life happen incidentally, by chance, that fate defines what becomes of us.’
    • ‘If it happens incidentally, if some kid looks at me and says ‘maybe I could do that?’’
    • ‘EMH foci in the liver are usually asymptomatic and may be discovered incidentally.’
    • ‘Salivary stones may be discovered incidentally on dental radiographs or during routine examination.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Usually it is associated with gall stones and may be discovered incidentally at operation.’
    by chance, by accident, accidentally, fortuitously, by a fluke, as luck would have it, by a twist of fate
    View synonyms