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 Pick one of the four available colors and order the convenient accessory from Amazon today. Christie Calucchia, PEOPLE.com, "This $14 Gadget Makes Hands-Free Video Calls a Reality," 9 July 2020 This bright print can be used as a focal point in a neutral room, as a pop of color in an entryway, or to complement another bright accessory. Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, "These bedroom upgrades will make you feel like you’re in a luxury hotel," 6 July 2020 Then there’s the accessory/necessity of the year: the face mask. Tony Bravo, SFChronicle.com, "The coronavirus and social movements gives fashion a reality check," 3 July 2020 No other outdoor accessory creates that magical time together quite like a gathering spot for roasting marshmallows, cooking hot dogs, or simply watching the flames dance. Summer Cartwright, Better Homes & Gardens, "The 10 Best Outdoor Firepits for Your Backyard," 3 June 2020 President Donald Trump visited with wounded soldiers and front-line medical workers Saturday while wearing what – for him – is an uncommon accessory: a mask. Editors, USA TODAY, "Here's the biggest news you missed this weekend," 12 July 2020 Nothing better encapsulates the COVID-19 era than the pleas and protests that surround mask usage—and the mass confusion that has accompanied 2020’s must-have accessory. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "How to make masks that everyone will want to wear," 10 July 2020 The Duchess of Cambridge, who is patron of the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club (AELTC), completed her ensemble with a meaningful accessory. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Kate Middleton Wore Her Most Whimsical Dress Yet (with Tiny Tennis Players!) for Andy Murray Chat," 10 July 2020 Ever since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised wearing face coverings to help stop the spread of Covid-19, a face mask has become a necessary accessory, like your backpack or your favorite hat. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "Support your favorite artists with Society6’s gorgeous new face masks," 9 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective There’s also an accessory rack built into the door that can hold scarves and ties, and a shelf ideal for items that can’t be hung, such as hats, sweaters, and toys. Rachel King, Fortune, "Samsung made a closet that disinfects your clothes," 6 July 2020 His friend, Michael Hall, 29, was arrested on an accessory charge. Fox News, "Tulsa community rallies support for 2 officers shot during traffic stop with prayers, flowers," 30 June 2020 The accessory brand is donating 10% of online sales to Baby2Baby to aid their current mission to provide emergency supplies to families in need. Kai Burkhardt, CNN Underscored, "Shop these 31 brands that are giving back to coronavirus relief efforts," 25 June 2020 This is something new for Fear Of God as the label steps into accessory design. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Fear of God Collaborates With Barton Perreira On A Pair Of Opticals," 24 June 2020 Vast night vision camera is an accessory worth consideration — especially if your father’s vehicle happens to be an older model and not equipped with the latest lighting technology like high-intensity xenon or LED headlights. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Gift guide: Father’s Day gear for your favorite auto enthusiast," 19 June 2020 There are hundreds of popular brands to shop from, including Chaco and Hydro Flask, as well as Moosejaw’s own clothing and accessory brand. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "The 10 best places to buy outdoor gear for an active summer," 10 June 2020 An accessory dwelling unit (ADU) could also be built over the existing garage. oregonlive, "Who will buy an iconic Irvington B&B? A big family, investor or Airbnb booker?," 10 June 2020 Realtors asked how accessory dwellings are being appraised. Rose Meily, The Mercury News, "Real deal: Silicon Valley property values experience moderate gains," 19 July 2019

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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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Time Traveler for accessory

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

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Last Updated

30 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Accessory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/accessory. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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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 accessary (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 crimeconvicted 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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