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accessory

noun ac·ces·so·ry \ik-ˈse-sə-rē, ak-, ek-, -ˈses-rē, also ə-ˈse-\

Simple Definition of accessory

  • : something added to something else to make it more useful, attractive, or effective

  • law : someone who helps another person commit a crime

Full Definition of accessory

plural ac·ces·so·ries

  1. 1 a :  a person not actually or constructively present but contributing as an assistant or instigator to the commission of an offense —called also accessory before the fact b :  a person who knowing that a crime has been committed aids or shelters the offender with intent to defeat justice —called also accessory after the fact

  2. 2 a :  a thing of secondary or subordinate importance :  adjunct b :  an object or device not essential in itself but adding to the beauty, convenience, or effectiveness of something else <auto accessories> <clothing accessories>

Examples of accessory

  1. fashion accessories such as scarves, handkerchiefs, bracelets, and rings

  2. He is wanted as an accessory to murder.



15th Century

First Known Use of accessory

15th century

Variants of accessory

also ac·ces·sa·ry play \ik-ˈse-sə-rē, ak-, ek-, -ˈses-rē, also ə-ˈse-\

Rhymes with accessory


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accessory

adjective ac·ces·so·ry

Definition of accessory

  1. 1 :  assisting as a subordinate; especially :  contributing to a crime but not as the chief agent

  2. 2 :  aiding or contributing in a secondary way :  supplementary

  3. 3 :  present in a minor amount and not essential as a constituent <an accessory mineral in a rock>






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