accident Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “accident” in the English Dictionary

"accident" in British English

See all translations

accidentnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈæk.sɪ.dənt/
A2 something ​bad that ​happens that is not ​expected or ​intended and that often ​damages something or ​injures someone: Josh had an accident and ​spilledwater all over his ​work. She was ​injured in a ​car/​road accident (= when one ​carhit another).by accident B1 without ​intending to, or without being ​intended: I ​deleted the ​file by accident. I ​found her ​letter by accident as I was ​looking through my ​files.
More examples
(Definition of accident from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"accident" in American English

See all translations

accidentnoun [C]

 us   /ˈæk·sə·dənt, -ˌdent/

accident noun [C] (INJURY)

an ​event not ​intended by anyone but which has the ​result of ​injuring someone or ​damaging something: He was ​killed in an ​automobile accident at the ​age of 21.

accident noun [C] (EVENT NOT PLANNED)

something that ​happens unexpectedly and ​unintentionally: It’s no accident that (= There are ​reasons that ​explain why) she was ​chosen to be a ​member of the most ​powerfulcommittee in ​Congress.
adjective  us   /ˌæk·səˈdent·əl/
The ​firebeganshortly after 1:30 a.m. and ​appears to have been accidental.
adverb  us   /ˌæk·səˈdent·əl·i/
He accidentally ​left the ​waterrunning and ​flooded a ​bathroomfloor in the ​hotel.
(Definition of accident from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “accident”
in Korean 사고…
in Arabic حادِث…
in Malaysian kemalangan, kebetulan…
in French accident, (par) hasard…
in Russian несчастный случай…
in Chinese (Traditional) 意外, 不測, 事故…
in Italian incidente…
in Turkish kaza…
in Polish wypadek…
in Spanish accidente, casualidad…
in Vietnamese tai nạn, sự tình cờ…
in Portuguese acidente…
in Thai อุบัติเหตุ, เหตุบังเอิญ…
in German der Unfall, der Zufall…
in Catalan accident…
in Japanese 事故…
in Chinese (Simplified) 意外, 不测, 事故…
in Indonesian kecelakaan, kebetulan…
What is the pronunciation of accident?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day


a large tree with leaves divided into five parts and large round nuts that can be eaten

Word of the Day

In London but at the station: prepositions for talking about travel
In London but at the station: prepositions for talking about travel
by Liz Walter,
September 02, 2015
Several readers have asked for information on prepositions, so I will start with a blog post that looks at an area where they are really important: travel. The first thing to remember is that we use to (and not ‘in’) after the verb go: We are going to London. I went to

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More