accidental etymology

English word accidental comes from Middle French accidental

Detailed word origin of accidental

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
accidental Middle French (frm)
accidentel Anglo-Norman (xno)
accidental English (eng) (music) A sharp, flat, or natural, occurring not at the commencement of a piece of music as the signature, but before a particular note.. (painting, pluralonly) Those fortuitous effects produced by luminous rays falling on certain objects so that some parts stand forth in abnormal brightness and other parts are cast into a deep shadow.. A property which is not essential; a nonessential; [...]