accessory


accessory
[[t]ækse̱səri[/t]]
accessories
1) N-COUNT: usu pl Accessories are items of equipment that are not usually essential, but which can be used with or added to something else in order to make it more efficient, useful, or decorative.

...an exclusive range of hand-made bedroom and bathroom accessories.

2) N-COUNT: usu pl Accessories are articles such as belts and scarves which you wear or carry but which are not part of your main clothing.
3) N-COUNT: usu N to n If someone is guilty of being an accessory to a crime, they helped the person who committed it, or knew it was being committed but did not tell the police. [LEGAL]

She had been charged with being an accessory to the embezzlement of funds from a co-operative farm.

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4) ADJ: usu ADJ n You can use accessory to describe something which is part of an activity or process, but not the most essential or important part of it. [FORMAL]

Forster established the essentiality of minerals as accessory food factors required for maintaining life.


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  • Accessory — may refer to:*Accessory (legal term), a person who assists a criminal but is not present at the crime *Accessory (band), with members Dirk Steyer and Ivo Lottig *Fashion accessory, i.e. an item used to complement a fashion or style *Video game… …   Wikipedia

  • accessory — [ak ses′ər ē, əkses′ər ē; ] also [ ə ses′ər ē] adj. [ML accessorius < L accessus, pp. of accedere, ACCEDE] 1. extra; additional; helping in a secondary or subordinate way 2. Geol. occurring in minor amounts in a specified rock; nonessential… …   English World dictionary

  • Accessory — Ac*ces so*ry (#; 277), a. [L. accessorius. See {Access}, and cf. {Accessary}.] Accompanying as a subordinate; aiding in a secondary way; additional; connected as an incident or subordinate to a principal; contributing or contributory; said of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • accessory — n 1 appurtenance, adjunct, *appendage Analogous words: concomitant, *accompaniment: *addition, accretion, increment 2 accomplice, abettor, *confederate, conspirator Antonyms: principal …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • accessory — [n1] ornament; accompanying item; supplementary part accent, addition, adjunct, adornment, appendage, appendix, appliance, appurtenance, attachment, component, decoration, extension, extra, frill, help, supplement, trim, trimming; concept 834 Ant …   New thesaurus

  • Accessory — Ac*ces so*ry, n.; pl. {Accessories}. 1. That which belongs to something else deemed the principal; something additional and subordinate. The aspect and accessories of a den of banditti. Carlyle. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) Same as {Accessary}, n.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • accessory — (also accessary) ► NOUN (pl. accessories) 1) a thing which can be added to something else to make it more useful, versatile, or attractive. 2) a small article carried or worn to complement a garment. 3) Law a person who helps someone commit a… …   English terms dictionary

  • accessory — n. accomplice 1) an accessory to (an accessory to a crime) 2) (legal) an accessory before the fact; an accessory after the fact optional equipment 3) auto (AE); matching; skiing; smoking accessories * * * [ək sesərɪ] an accessory after the fact… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • accessory — accessary, accessory These two words come by different routes from the same Latin source of our word accede. In AmE, accessory is dominant both as a noun and as an adjective, and it has fast become so now in BrE, although accessary is still used… …   Modern English usage