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

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

law : someone who helps another person commit a crime

plural ac·ces·so·ries

Full Definition of ACCESSORY

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
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>

Variants of ACCESSORY

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

Examples of ACCESSORY

  1. fashion accessories such as scarves, handkerchiefs, bracelets, and rings
  2. He is wanted as an accessory to murder.

First Known Use of ACCESSORY

15th century

Other Clothing Terms

babushka, brogue, bumbershoot, cravat, dishabille, furbelow, layette, raiment, spectator

Rhymes with ACCESSORY



Definition of ACCESSORY

:  assisting as a subordinate; especially :  contributing to a crime but not as the chief agent
:  aiding or contributing in a secondary way :  supplementary
:  present in a minor amount and not essential as a constituent <an accessory mineral in a rock>

Examples of ACCESSORY

  1. <most phone services offer accessory features such as call-waiting>

First Known Use of ACCESSORY

ACCESSORY Defined for Kids


noun ac·ces·so·ry \ik-ˈse-sə-rē, ak-\
plural ac·ces·so·ries

Definition of ACCESSORY for Kids

:  a person who helps another in doing wrong <an accessory to theft>
:  an object or device not necessary in itself but adding to the beauty or usefulness of something else <clothing accessories>
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