Meaning of “incidentally” in the English Dictionary


"incidentally" in English

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uk /ˌɪn.sɪˈden.təl.i/ us /ˌɪn.sɪˈden.t̬əl.i/

C1 used before saying something that is not as important as the main subject of conversation, but is connected to it in some way:

We had a marvellous meal at that restaurant you recommended - incidentally, I must give you the number of a similar one I know.

used when mentioning a subject that has not been discussed before, often making it seem less important than it really is:

Incidentally, I wanted to have a word with you about your travel expenses.

(Definition of “incidentally” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"incidentally" in American English

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incidentallyadverb [ not gradable ]

us /ˌɪn·səˈden·təl·i, -ˈdent·li/

used about something that is connected to the main subject but is not as important:

“Ain’t” was mentioned only incidentally in an article about nonstandard words.

Incidentally is also used to introduce something additional that is not as important:

Incidentally, she was a very popular mayor.

(Definition of “incidentally” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)