[ in-si-den-tl ]
/ ˌɪn sɪˈdɛn tl /


happening or likely to happen in an unplanned or subordinate conjunction with something else.
incurred casually and in addition to the regular or main amount: incidental expenses.
likely to happen or naturally appertaining (usually followed by to).


something incidental, as a circumstance.
incidentals, minor expenses.

Nearby words

  1. inchon,
  2. inchworm,
  3. incidence,
  4. incident,
  5. incident point,
  6. incidental music,
  7. incidental parasite,
  8. incidentally,
  9. incidentaloma,
  10. incienso

Origin of incidental

First recorded in 1610–20; incident + -al1

Related forms
Can be confusedincidence incidents incidental Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for incidentals


/ (ˌɪnsɪˈdɛntəl) /


happening in connection with or resulting from something more important; casual or fortuitous
(postpositive foll by to) found in connection (with); related (to)
(postpositive foll by upon) caused (by)
occasional or minorincidental expenses


(often plural) an incidental or minor expense, event, or action
Derived Formsincidentalness, noun

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Word Origin and History for incidentals



"casual, occasional," 1610s, from Medieval Latin incidentalis, from incidens (see incident (n.)). Incidentals (n.) "'occasional' expenses, etc.," is attested by 1707.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper