noun, plural ac·ces·so·ries.
- 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).
- accession number,
- accessory adrenal,
- accessory apartment,
- accessory bud,
- accessory cell,
- accessory cephalic vein
Origin of accessory
Examples from the Web for accessory
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|DAILY BEAST
Adoption of the accessory has even spawned its own fashion subculture.
The accessory was easily lifted by a gust of wind and would regularly get entangled in the wheel spokes of carriages.Corsets, Muslin Disease, and More of the Deadly Fashion Trends|The Fashion Beast Team|April 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is no longer primarily an accessory; it becomes something larger.Victoire de Castellane’s ‘Precious Objects’ at the Gagosian Gallery|Erin Cunningham|March 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Unlike a phone, wearable technology is an add-on, an accessory, something that comes on top.
Why should they not speed the conviction of him whose intrigues were accessory to this double homicide?Oswald Langdon|Carson Jay Lee
In any case, the man is an accessory before the fact to a thing which he acknowledges wrong on the part of its performer.
Yet they are accessory, while the primary power must lie in the content of the pictures themselves.The Photoplay|Hugo Mnsterberg
But that he was an accessory after the fact no human being could doubt.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
For that nation or king is then to be considered, not as an accessory, but as a principal enemy.The Rights of War and Peace|Hugo Grotius
noun plural -ries
Word Origin for accessory
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.