accessory

[ak-ses-uh-ree]

noun, plural ac·ces·so·ries.

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.
Law.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.

adjective


Nearby words

  1. accession,
  2. accession number,
  3. accessorial,
  4. accessorius,
  5. accessorize,
  6. accessory adrenal,
  7. accessory apartment,
  8. accessory bud,
  9. accessory cell,
  10. accessory cephalic vein

Origin of accessory

1400–50; late Middle English accessorie (< Middle French) < Medieval Latin accessōrius. See accede, -tory1

Related formsac·ces·so·ri·ly, adverbac·ces·so·ri·ness, nounin·ter·ac·ces·so·ry, adjectivenon·ac·ces·so·ry, adjective, noun, plural non·ac·ces·so·ries.

Synonym study

1. See addition.

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British Dictionary definitions for accessories

accessory

noun plural -ries

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

adjective

supplementary; additional; subordinate
assisting in or having knowledge of an act, esp a crime
Derived Formsaccessorial (ˌæksɛˈsɔːrɪəl), adjectiveaccessorily, adverbaccessoriness, noun

Word Origin for accessory

C17: from Late Latin accessōrius: see access

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Word Origin and History for accessories
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Medicine definitions for accessories

accessory

[ăk-sĕsə-rē]

adj.

Having a secondary, supplementary, or subordinate function.

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