Definition of incidental noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌɪnsɪˈdentl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪnsɪˈdentl//
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[usually plural] something that happens in connection with something else, but is less important You'll need money for incidentals such as tips and taxis. Word Originearly 17th cent.: originally from medieval Latin incidentalis, from Latin incident- ‘falling upon, happening to’, from the verb incidere, from in- ‘upon’ + cadere ‘to fall’.
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