accessory

[ ak-ses-uh-ree ]
/ ækˈsɛs ə ri /

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

contributing to a general effect; supplementary; subsidiary.
Law. giving aid as an accessory.

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Origin of accessory

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

synonym study for accessory

1. See addition.

OTHER WORDS FROM accessory

ac·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.
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British Dictionary definitions for accessory

accessory
/ (əkˈsɛsərɪ) /

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 forms of accessory

accessorial (ˌæksɛˈsɔːrɪəl), adjectiveaccessorily, adverbaccessoriness, noun

Word Origin for accessory

C17: from Late Latin accessōrius: see access
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Medical definitions for accessory

accessory
[ ăk-sĕsə-rē ]

adj.

Having a secondary, supplementary, or subordinate function.
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