An example of an accident is a collision between two cars.
An example of an accident is when you bump into a friend unexpectedly at the park or when you find a $20 bill lying on the sidewalk.
To die by an accident.
Ran into an old friend by accident.
To meet by accident.
Origin of accident
- Middle English chance event from Old French from Latin accidēns accident- present participle of accidere to happen ad- ad- cadere to fall kad- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition