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.
- ac·ces·so·ri·ly, adverb
- ac·ces·so·ri·ness, noun
- in·ter·ac·ces·so·ry, adjective
- non·ac·ces·so·ry, adjective, noun, plural non·ac·ces·so·ries.
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How to use accessory in a sentence
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 | Marlow Stern | May 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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! | Liza Foreman | May 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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.
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 | Erin Cunningham | February 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Headphones are one of those accessories we often take for granted.
In the evening, St. Peter's and its accessories were illuminated—by far the most brilliant spectacle I ever saw.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
There appears a rude attempt to picture the mouth cavity and to show those interesting accessories, the teeth.Children's Ways | James Sully
The ceremony inevitably lacked certain of the traditional accessories that strangely influenced the popular mind.King Robert the Bruce | A. F. Murison
A splendid library and all the comfortable accessories, which they are careful to supply studious youth with in this country.Friend Mac Donald | Max O'Rell
With the next painting comes the more exact study from models and accessories themselves.The Painter in Oil | Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst
British Dictionary definitions for accessory
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
- accessorial (ˌæksɛˈsɔːrɪəl), adjective
- accessorily, adverb
- accessoriness, noun
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