Definition of 'incidental'
Video: pronunciation of 'incidental'
Example sentences containing 'incidental'
These examples have been automatically selected and may contain sensitive content. Read more…
You could say that she's an incidental character here and given short shrift. Times, Sunday Times (2016)All three actors also play other incidental characters with an equally fruity relish. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Those incidental details prove to have been instrumental after all. The Times Literary Supplement (2011)The decrease in insulin usage in about one third of the cases is an incidental benefit. Diets to Help Diabetes (1983)You should also include incidental costs such as taxis and accommodation. Times, Sunday Times (2014)This may seem a bit incidental to general planning but it is certainly very well worth doing. Planning the Organic Vegetable Garden (1986)The incidental costs of dressing a set barely show up on the balance sheet. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Sometimes the rugby did seem a tad incidental. Times, Sunday Times (2012)But they seem incidental when legacies are considered. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Any financial or industrial benefit seems incidental. Times, Sunday Times (2006)It was light and breezy with jaunty incidental music and you could totally see what the producers had in mind. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The remuneration may be in the form of a salary or consist of substantial benefits not merely incidental to the activity performed. Christianity Today (2000)The cast of incidental characters helps - you feel as though you know them. Times, Sunday Times (2010)But the science seems incidental; the images are awesome. Times, Sunday Times (2008)At times, the game has seemed almost incidental. Times, Sunday Times (2010)I yearned for dramatically jerky incidental music. Times, Sunday Times (2009)It gradually draws you in, though the grating incidental fiddle music does its best to spit you back out again. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Much of this is valuable and interesting, and there is a great deal of incidental detail and historical background along the way. The Times Literary Supplement (2010)Londoners have made a great contribution to the Games and we must recognise that with a careful and cautious approach to incidental costs. Times, Sunday Times (2008)With Europe, the name change would carry two incidental benefits. Times, Sunday Times (2011)All of this green talk has another, incidental, benefit. Times, Sunday Times (2010)He could also cut down his incidental expenses - for instance, cooking more at home rather than eating out. Times, Sunday Times (2010)And in the incidental details of the women's conversations, we glimpse the string of disappointments that make up their histories. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Very little might happen in the narratives, but their telling is packed with such incidental detail that deeper, more complex lives are suggested. Times, Sunday Times (2013)
Trends of 'incidental'
In Common Usage. incidental is one of the 10000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
View usage for:
Translations for 'incidental'
British English: incidental ADJECTIVE
If one thing is incidental to another, it is less important than the other thing.
The playing of music proved to be incidental to the main business of the evening.
Definition of incidental from the Collins English Dictionary
Collins Dictionaries for Schools
Our new online dictionaries for schools provide a safe and appropriate environment for children. And best of all it's ad free, so sign up now and start using at home or in the classroom.
Unlock language with the Paul Noble method
No books. No rote memorization. No chance of failure. Your chance to have a one-to-one lesson with best-selling language expert Paul Noble, try a FREE audio sample of his brand new Mandarin Chinese course.
13th edition of the Collins Dictionary out now!
Updated with all the very latest new words and senses, this new 13th edition is an unparalleled resource for word lovers, word gamers, and word geeks everywhere. #homeoflivingenglish
We have almost 200 lists of words from topics as varied as types of butterflies, jackets, currencies, vegetables and knots! Amaze your friends with your new-found knowledge!
Rainbow Tree, Asymmetric Wreath, and Period Poverty: November’s Words in the News
Catch up on the latest words in the news this November with Robert Groves.
Join the Collins community
All the latest wordy news, linguistic insights, offers and competitions every month.