- a subordinate or supplementary part, object, or the like, used mainly for convenience, attractiveness, safety, etc., as a spotlight on an automobile or a lens cover on a camera.
- an article or set of articles of dress, as gloves, earrings, or a scarf, that adds completeness, convenience, attractiveness, etc., to one's basic outfit.
- Also called accessory before the fact.a person who, though not present during the commission of a felony, is guilty of having aided and abetted another, who committed the felony.
- Also called accessory after the fact.a person who knowingly conceals or assists another who has committed a felony.Compare principal(def 9b).
- Anatomy. accessory nerve.
- contributing to a general effect; supplementary; subsidiary.
- Law. giving aid as an accessory.
- Petrography. (of a mineral) being present in small amounts in a rock and having no bearing on the classification of the rock, as zircon in granite.
Origin of accessory
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Examples from the Web for accessories
The accessories—necklaces, rings, and sandals—will also definitely come into play.Meet Your New Sleeping Beauty: Elle Fanning on ‘Maleficent,’ Brangelina, and Summer Style
May 22, 2014
Beyond his contributions, Romand had to re-create all of the needed pieces in her atelier, as well as all of the accessories.Unauthorized ‘Saint Laurent’ Biopic: Quel Scandale!
May 20, 2014
The heaps of gifted and hand-me-down pink frilly clothes and accessories grew far faster than we were able to sort and store them.Why I Finally Let My Girls Be Girly
May 17, 2014
The accessories embodied the urban, street persona of the ‘new’ Marc by Marc Jacobs: black belts (or obis) and patent high tops.Marc by Marc Jacobs Gets Its Cool Back at Fall/Winter 2014 New York Fashion Week
February 12, 2014
Other winners include Nicholas Kirkwood for footwear and accessories design, Erdem for womenswear, and Acne for menswear.British Vogue Taps John Galliano as Guest Fashion Editor; Christopher Bailey Wins WGSN's Hall of Fame Award
The Fashion Beast Team
October 31, 2013
The furniture and accessories of the altar in pre-Reformation times were numerous.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
Are they not after all "accessories after the fact" and equally guilty?From the St. Lawrence to the Yser with the 1st Canadian brigade
Frederic C. Curry
Its accessories for the time being were even more than ordinarily unimpressive.The Market-Place
His 'accessories,' as the French would call them, are undeniable.Luttrell Of Arran
Charles James Lever
It is unmistakably his picture; and he dominates the accessories as much as he did in reality.Holbein
- a supplementary part or object, as of a car, appliance, etc
- (often plural) a small accompanying item of dress, esp of women's dress
- a person who incites someone to commit a crime or assists the perpetrator of a crime, either before or during its commission
- supplementary; additional; subordinate
- assisting in or having knowledge of an act, esp a crime
Word Origin and History for accessories
also accessary, early 15c. as a legal term in the criminal sense of "one aiding in a crime;" also "that which is subordinate to something else," from Late Latin accessorius, from accessor, agent noun from accedere (see access (n.)). Attested from 1896 as "woman's smaller articles of dress," hence accessorize.
1550s, "subordinate," from Late Latin accessorius, from accessor, agent noun from accedere (see access (n.)). Meaning "aiding in crime" is from c.1600.
- Having a secondary, supplementary, or subordinate function.