accessory

noun
ac·​ces·​so·​ry | \ ik-ˈse-sə-rē How to pronounce accessory (audio) , ak-, ek-, -ˈses-rē also ə-ˈse- \
variants: or less commonly accessary
plural accessories

Definition of accessory

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : an object or device that is not essential in itself but adds to the beauty, convenience, or effectiveness of something else auto accessories clothing accessories
b : a thing of secondary or lesser importance : adjunct
2 law
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

accessory

adjective

Definition of accessory (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : assisting under the orders of another especially : contributing to a crime but not as the chief agent
2 : aiding or contributing in a secondary way : supplementary accessory materials
3 : present in a minor amount and not essential as a constituent an accessory mineral in a rock

Synonyms & Antonyms for accessory

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of accessory in a Sentence

Noun fashion accessories such as scarves, handkerchiefs, bracelets, and rings He is wanted as an accessory to murder. Adjective most phone services offer accessory features such as call-waiting
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There are also lots of accessory, including a stapler in gelatin, Golden Ticket, Dundie trophy and ‘World’s Best Boss’ mug. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 15 July 2022 Brandt Walter Osborn, 42, was charged with two counts of accessory after the fact in connection with Giles' and Arzola's deaths. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 6 July 2022 Alisha Dumeer was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court Thursday on a charge of accessory after the fact in connection with the murder of Marine Corps veteran Daniel Martinez outside the Sons of Boston bar. Matt Yan, BostonGlobe.com, 30 June 2022 The woman, who allegedly worked during the war as the secretary for the SS commandant of the Stutthof concentration camp, has been charged with more than 11,000 counts of accessory to murder. Kirsten Grieshaber, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 June 2022 The woman, who allegedly worked during the war as the secretary for the SS commandant of the Stutthof concentration camp, has been charged with more than 11,000 counts of accessory to murder. Kirsten Grieshaber, Anchorage Daily News, 28 June 2022 The centenarian — who has maintained his innocence throughout his months-long trial in Neuruppin state court in east Germany — was convicted of over 3,500 counts of accessory to murder Tuesday. Annabelle Timsit, Washington Post, 28 June 2022 The three juveniles are now also wanted for simple escape, and Tune is wanted for three counts of accessory to simple escape, state police said. Victoria Albert, CBS News, 14 May 2022 Brandt Osborn, 42, and Mike Ansbach, 47, were arrested on suspicion of accessory to manslaughter. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The survey shows a marked decrease in accessory dwelling units and other rental space from last year to this year. Jamie Gold, Forbes, 12 July 2022 Other homes in the area are listing even bigger price reductions: a $78,000 cut for a two-bedroom home, and a house with an accessory dwelling unit first listed at $1 million now for sale at $860,000 — a $140,000 price cut. Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times, 14 June 2022 The garage and basement might be permitted as an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) for additional living space, according to marketing materials. oregonlive, 19 June 2022 The bold tie was apparently accessory enough, because Chastain paired the halter dress (Ralph Lauren, according to her stylist Elizabeth Stewart on Instagram) with black platform sandals and that’s it. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 15 June 2022 The creation of an accessory unit may require additional parking, unless the home is within a half-mile of public transit or within a historic district, among other exceptions. Blake Nelsonstaff Reporter, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 May 2022 The Arts & Crafts Beading, crochet, and other crafty materials are an easy way to add some personality to your accessory collection. Nicole Kliest, Vogue, 1 May 2022 These special Ram models are more than just trucks with the gamut of items in the accessory catalog attached to them, as Mopar curates the pickups to create vehicles that stand out from their stablemates. Gregory Fink, Car and Driver, 18 Apr. 2022 So, available in the accessory catalog is an in-bed mount for two full-size spares. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of accessory

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Adjective

1563, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for accessory

Noun

Middle English accessorie, axcessary "person contributing to the commission of an offense," borrowed from Anglo-French accessorie, accessoire, borrowed from Medieval Latin accessōrius "person contributing to the commission of an offense, supplementary material," from Latin access- (stem in derivation of accēdere "to approach") + -ōrius -ory entry 1 — more at accede

Adjective

Middle English accessorie, borrowed from Anglo-French, borrowed from Medieval Latin accessōrius — more at accessory entry 1, -ory entry 2

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“Accessory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/accessory. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for accessory

accessory

noun
ac·​ces·​so·​ry | \ ik-ˈse-sə-rē How to pronounce accessory (audio) , ak- \
plural accessories

Kids Definition of accessory

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

accessory

adjective
ac·​ces·​so·​ry | \ ik-ˈses-(ə-)rē, ak- How to pronounce accessory (audio) \

Medical Definition of accessory

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : aiding, contributing, or associated in a secondary way: as
a : being or functioning as a vitamin accessory food substances
b : associated in position or function with something (as an organ or lesion) usually of more importance the testis and accessory male ducts and glands— B. T. Scheer
2 : supernumerary accessory spleens

accessory

noun
plural accessories

Medical Definition of accessory (Entry 2 of 2)

accessory

noun
ac·​ces·​so·​ry
variants: also accessary \ ik-​ˈse-​sə-​rē, ak-​ How to pronounce accessory (audio) \
plural accessories

Legal Definition of accessory

1 : a person who is not actually or constructively present but with criminal intent contributes as an assistant or instigator to the commission of a felony

called also accessory before the fact

— compare principal in the second degree at principal

Note: The traditional distinction between accessories before the fact and principals, that accessories were not present and principals were present at the commission of the crime, is not recognized under most modern state statutes. Accessories before the fact are usually considered principals.

2 : a person who knowing that a felony has been committed aids, assists, or shelters the offender with the intent to defeat justice

called also accessory after the fact

Note: Many state statutes now omit the term accessory after the fact and instead characterize the accessory as having committed a particular offense, such as obstructing justice.

3 : the crime of being an accessory usually used with to and specifying the crime convicted of murder and accessory to murder— H. B. Zobel — compare substantive crime

Other Words from accessory

accessoryship noun

History and Etymology for accessory

Medieval Latin accessorius subordinate matter, accomplice to a crime, from Latin accedere to go to, agree, assent

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