Character 9
Hyphenation ac ces so ry
Pronunciations /ækˈsɛs(ə)ɹi/

Definitions and meanings of "Accessory"

What do we mean by accessory?

A subordinate or supplementary item; an adjunct. noun

Something nonessential but desirable that contributes to an effect or result. synonym: attachment. noun

One who knowingly assists a lawbreaker in the commission of a crime but does not actually participate in that crime. noun

Having a secondary, supplementary, or subordinate function. adjective

Involving the knowing assistance of a lawbreaker in the commission of a crime without actual participation in the crime. adjective

In the logical system of Lotze, adding (as thought) to the coherence of the matter of thought a notion of the ground of its coherence. See the extract.

In geology, noting those minerals which are present in relatively small quantities in a rock and are not mentioned in its definition, such as zircon, apatite, and magnetite in granite: contrasted with essential.

In organ-building, same as accessory stop. noun

(Of persons.) Acceding; contributing; aiding in producing some effect, or acting in subordination to the principal agent: usually in a bad sense: as, accessory to a felony. Technically, in law, it implies aiding without being present at the act.

(Of things.) Contributing to a general effect; aiding in certain acts or effects in a secondary manner; belonging to something else as principal; accompanying: as, accessory sounds in music; accessory muscles. Additional, or of the nature of an appendage: as, accessory buds are developed by the side of or above the normal axillary bud.

In law, one who is guilty of a felony, not by committing the offense in person or as a principal, nor by being present at its commission, but by being in some other way concerned therein, as by advising or inciting another to commit the crime, or by concealing the offender or in any way helping him to escape punishment. noun

That which accedes or belongs to something else as its principal; a subordinate part or object; an accompaniment. noun

In the fine arts, an object represented which is not a main motive or center of interest, but is introduced to balance the composition or in some way enhance its artistic effectiveness. noun

Synonyms Abetter, accomplice. See the definitions of these words. noun

Accompanying as a subordinate; aiding in a secondary way; additional; connected as an incident or subordinate to a principal; contributing or contributory; said of persons and things, and, when of persons, usually in a bad sense adjective

That which belongs to something else deemed the principal; something additional and subordinate. noun

Same as Accessary, n. noun

Anything that enters into a work of art without being indispensably necessary, as mere ornamental parts. noun

That which belongs to something else deemed the principal; something additional and subordinate, an attachment. noun

Having a secondary, supplementary or subordinate function by accompanying as a subordinate; aiding in a secondary way; being additional; being connected as an incident or subordinate to a principal; contributing or being contributory. Said of people and things, and, when of people, usually in a bad sense

Assisting a crime without actually participating in committing the crime itself.

Present in a minor amount, and not essential.

Synonyms and Antonyms for Accessory

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The word "accessory" in example sentences

Just as with "blood libel," Sarah Palin can rightly claim that other prominent people have used the term accessory the same way that she did. ❋ Craig Alan Silverman (2011)

Remember, the best accessory is a pet identification tag! ❋ Wendy Diamond (2010)

I cannot walk past a jewellery store without looking at the earrings on display and I won't even discuss beaded earrings in accessory stores. ❋ HayleyM (2009)

In 2010, Ms. Skovgaard won accessory designer of the year at the Elle Style Awards, and most recently, she took the title of accessory designer of the year at the 2011 Dansk Fashion Awards, one of Denmark's most prestigious industry prizes. ❋ Natalia Rachlin (2011)

A useful car accessory is a USB charger, which plugs into the socket formerly known as the cigarette lighter. ❋ Unknown (2008)

Caroline Flint, clone Blair Babe sans pareill and witless human accessory, is returned. ❋ Newmania (2007)

Soon the word-accessory is the latest thing in writing, the thing that marks its user as a member of the avant garde. ❋ Unknown (2006)

Egads, they might not be burning kittens alive or drowning live puppies, but treating your dog like some sort of fashion accessory is just as bad. ❋ Unknown (2006)

Each garment and accessory is coded for the performer, act and scene. ❋ Will (2006)

Every accessory is a provocation: a talit, a kaffiyeh, a kippah, a cross. ❋ Unknown (2002)

I ain’t no lawyer, like you said, but I know that the police love what they call accessory before the fact. ❋ Walter Mosley (2002)

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