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
Wheel spacersWheel spacers are less common, but they’re still a useful and affordable accessory that can make your ATV more stable and less susceptible to getting stuck.
Yet perhaps the most important accessory of all is a graphing calculator.
The company is working on a feature for the new remote similar to Find My iPhone that would make the TV accessory easier to find.Apple is prepping 75 million 5G iPhones for later this year | radmarya | September 1, 2020 | Fortune
Faulconer’s administration, for instance, argues it has already started dismantling the basis of single-family zoning in recent years by making it easier to build accessory units, or granny flats, on single-family lots.Single-Family Zoning’s Century of Supremacy in San Diego | Andrew Keatts | August 26, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
At the same time, marketers have an opportunity to take that excitement and affinity for their products and convert those customers again into things like add-ons and accessories.Why marketers should break SEO strategies into pre- and post-purchase | The Content Studio @ Search Engine Land | August 17, 2020 | Search Engine Land
For the dapper gent whose favorite accessory is a strong cocktail.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Don Draper in Your Life | Allison McNearney | November 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The wrestling worthy accessory is a bit of a misnomer—there is no cheekily exposed skin in this full-coverage contraption.
Now, one music festival is taking their stance a step further by placing a ban on the questionable accessory.Cara Delevingne Is Topshop’s Solo Star; Music Festival Bans War Bonnets | The Fashion Beast Team | July 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A shift to the accessory position would have also caused the power steering to suddenly quit.The Cops Who Found Out the Truth About GM's Deadly Cars—in 2006 | Michael Daly | July 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Adoption of the accessory has even spawned its own fashion subculture.
A valuable accessory to narration is description; in truth, description for its own sake is not frequently found.English: Composition and Literature | W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
Madame d'Infreville understood and appreciated her friend's generosity in thus making herself an accessory to the deed.The Seven Cardinal Sins: Envy and Indolence | Eugne Sue
At the November term Joseph was convicted as accessory and sentenced to share the same fate.Select Speeches of Daniel Webster | Daniel Webster
And it is accordingly by adverbs, and accessory adjectives, that the degrees of comparison are expressed.The Indian in his Wigwam | Henry R. Schoolcraft
So that in France, as in England, the burden of interest was laid no longer upon the art, but upon an accessory circumstance.The History of Modern Painting, Volume 1 (of 4) | Richard Muther
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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