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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This glitzy handbag has a perfect 5-star rating, with one recent Tory Burch shopper praising how the velvet embroidery made this accessory the perfect day-to-night pick. Nishka Dhawan, USA TODAY, "The best purse deals to shop for Mother's Day 2021," 29 Apr. 2021 Then this charming table accessory will make the perfect gift. Amanda Lauren, Forbes, "Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Gifts For The Home Over $100," 28 Apr. 2021 This versatile accessory is a staple in any wardrobe. Maren Estrada, BGR, "Amazon sells real diamond earrings for as little as $60 – and people love them!," 28 Apr. 2021 This bridal market, designers showed how versatile and of the moment this bridal accessory is. New York Times, "Brides Still Want Their Dresses and Designers Are Designing," 22 Apr. 2021 One reviewer marveled how this sleek accessory picked up on her slight temperature drop at the start of her period. Firmin Debrabander, WSJ, "Know Thyself, but Don’t Think There’s an App for That," 9 Apr. 2021 This decorative accessory helps define the drop-zone and, by reflecting light, makes the space appear larger. Katie Bandurski, Better Homes & Gardens, "15 Stealthy Ways to Fake an Entryway in a Tight Space," 25 Mar. 2021 Snatch up this valuable grilling accessory for the grill master in your life. NOLA.com, "Make outdoor living easier with this fire starter and grill torch," 9 Feb. 2021 The humble warm winter sock; few things in life manage to be both a necessity and a luxury quite like this simple accessory. Alexis Bennett, Vogue, "11 Pairs of Winter Socks to Keep You Warm All Season Long," 11 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Since its founding in 2008, Joah Love has expanded into a full-fledged contemporary lifestyle brand, whose creations encompass everything from adult, boy, and girl ensembles to face coverings and matching accessory goods for you and your pet. Tiffany Leigh, Forbes, "Mother’s Day Gift Guide: The Best Mommy And Me Outfit Sets," 28 Apr. 2021 Police arrested two people in connection to the shooting: A 16-year-old was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder, while an 18-year-old was arrested on suspicion of being accessory to the homicide. Dakin Andone, CNN, "America's violent weekend: US rocked by back-to-back shootings across the country," 19 Apr. 2021 Another measure, House Bill 6613, would require municipal zoning panels to adopt regulations allowing for accessory apartments and multifamily housing and penalize towns that do not do so by Oct. 1. Eliza Fawcett, courant.com, "Connecticut is divided into largely white suburbs and cities where more people of color live. Here’s how advocates want to rewrite local zoning rules to change that," 31 Mar. 2021 Today is the day when all the accessory manufacturers reveal theire new products that have been kept under wraps while Apple ramps up production of its new products. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, "Logitech Reveals Its Combo Touch Keyboard Cases For Apple’s New iPad Pros," 21 Apr. 2021 She remained jailed Wednesday in lieu of $500,00 bail in the accessory case and another $20,000 bail in the identity theft case. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Woman with National City fugitive in deadly standoff arrested for accessory, other charges," 14 Apr. 2021 Ruben Flores is being held on a $250,000 bond, and he's been hit with accessory charges, but the Washington Examiner was unable to verify if his son was in custody as the jail records webpage was not operational at the time of publishing. Jake Dima, Washington Examiner, "Two suspects arrested in 1996 disappearance of Kristin Smart," 13 Apr. 2021 Your biceps are considered accessory muscles in these bigger moves. Elizabeth Millard, SELF, "The 12 Best Biceps Exercises to Seriously Work the Top of Your Arms," 13 Apr. 2021 These accessory devices often include electronic circuitry and one or more embedded batteries that power the electronic circuitry. Chris Smith, BGR, "Apple might replace the iPhone’s Lightning port with something much better," 3 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of accessory was in the 15th century

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8 May 2021

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“Accessory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/accessory. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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