[in-si-den-tl-ee or for 1, -dent-lee] /ˌɪn sɪˈdɛn tl i or for 1, -ˈdɛnt li/

apart or aside from the main subject of attention, discussion, etc.; by the way; parenthetically.
in an manner.
as a subordinate or chance occurrence
(sentence modifier) by the way

1520s, “by the way, casually;” see incidental + -ly (2). Sense of “as a new but related point” attested by 1925.


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