Definition of accessory in English:

accessory

noun

  • 1A thing which can be added to something else in order to make it more useful, versatile, or attractive.

    ‘optional accessories include a battery charger and shoulder strap’
    • ‘The even better news is that bathroom accessories can be spray painted in the same colour for a co-ordinated look.’
    • ‘Among the many useful accessories in a car, truck, SUV or van are the mud guards.’
    • ‘It also offers a very broad range of accessories including batteries, headsets, add-ons and clip-ons.’
    • ‘The centre will sell everything from garden plants to household accessories and includes a restaurant.’
    • ‘Its docking station is a useful accessory that recharges the camera's battery when it's not transferring shots to the computer.’
    • ‘Folder is a new range of toolbar and slat wall accessories which include paper and telephone trays.’
    • ‘Other accessories include remote-control headphones and - crucially - a battery pack.’
    • ‘Purchasers will have the option of fitted baths while there will be extra large shower cubicles as well as a full range of bathroom accessories.’
    • ‘Its accessories include the necessary hoses, wands, nozzles, hydrant adapters and an injector.’
    • ‘In addition to building materials, the group also sells bathroom suites and accessories to trade suppliers and the public.’
    • ‘Shops may offer a range of accessories or even extended warranties that can be worth a fair bit.’
    • ‘And if you want the comfort of typing with a full-size keyboard, you can easily add one as an optional accessory.’
    • ‘It has a good selection of optional accessories including a Bluetooth headset and the loop set that allows you to use the phone with a suitable hearing aid.’
    • ‘Try to choose bathroom accessories that complement the color of the walls.’
    • ‘Inkjet Printables provides tons of useful information on inkjet accessories and other inkjet items.’
    • ‘Carpets, floor liners or floor mats are among the most useful car accessories.’
    • ‘They can then add optional extras and accessories to their car.’
    • ‘The bathroom accessories department reminded me that I hadn't washed anything for a few weeks, so I'd better buy a fluffy white bath towel.’
    • ‘To motorists, it's a useful accessory that allows them to talk without driving off the road.’
    • ‘Motorola has designed quite a lot of useful accessories around its T720i mobile phone.’
    attachment, extra, addition, add-on, retrofit, adjunct, appendage, appurtenance, fitment, supplement
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    1. 1.1A small article or item of clothing carried or worn to complement a garment or outfit.
      ‘she wore the suit with perfectly matching accessories—hat, bag, shoes’
      • ‘The women have to purchase expensive gowns and matching accessories to keep up with expectations.’
      • ‘I would like to use the same accessories and shoes with each dress.’
      • ‘These will be used by consumers to store favourite special garments, footwear and accessories.’
      • ‘The gold bangles and thick hoop earrings she wore were the perfect accessories to the outfit.’
      • ‘In addition, you can use scarves and accessories to give each outfit a whole new look.’
      • ‘Keep the clothes to three basic colors if you want your accessories to match with your wardrobe.’
      • ‘As gold is the colour to be seen in right now, accessories include sparkly sequined bags, cuffs, belts and kitten heels.’
      • ‘The teacher looked all fancy with his completely brown outfit and silver accessories.’
      • ‘Do they also carry bridal accessories, like hair decorations, veils and shoes?’
      • ‘When you buy a new dress, be sure you have shoes and other accessories to go with it.’
      • ‘There will also be her fantastic range of accessories including shell necklaces and natural raffia bags and baskets to add a touch of style to any outfit.’
      • ‘Conversely, there has been a sharp decline in the use of gloves as fashion accessories over the past several decades.’
      • ‘A source said: ‘Jennifer thought it would be fun and unusual to extend the range of accessories to animals’.’
      • ‘Victoria Beckham, meanwhile, is promising to launch her own range of clothes and accessories in 2004.’
      • ‘She arrived at Rufforth airfield on a flight from Heathrow and wore a turquoise suit with matching hat and black accessories for the occasion.’
      • ‘He shops for many of his outfits on the Internet, where he says there are a wide range of authentic outfits and matching accessories for sale.’
      • ‘Money cannot buy style, but it can buy you the following chic garments and accessories.’
      • ‘Apart from hats, the must-have accessory was a designer handbag, with Louis Vuitton coming out in front of Gucci and Dior as the label to tote.’
      • ‘I also ran around taking a few pics of the models that were showcasing the designers gowns, and hair accessories.’
      • ‘Limit your accessories and do remember to match your shoes as well!’
  • 2Law
    Someone who gives assistance to the perpetrator of a crime without taking part in it.

    ‘she was charged as an accessory to murder’
    • ‘Has it been closed down, and its landlord charged with being an accessory to murder?’
    • ‘The 29-year-old Moroccan had been found guilty on more than 3,000 counts of being an accessory to murder and of being a member of a terrorist organisation.’
    • ‘Now today, I would be an accessory to a robbery, but in those days I really did not care all that much.’
    • ‘He couldn't stay here and be an accessory to murder and theft.’
    • ‘And when will there be a law that will hold a bank guilty as accessory to theft from the Namibian public?’
    • ‘As a result the clan stalwart and laird was tried by a jury of Campbells and, not surprisingly, was convicted as an accessory to the murder.’
    • ‘Intruders and accessories to crime, we had our voyeuristic detachment demolished twice over.’
    • ‘And should she thus be punished in the same way as the actual murderers, as an accessory to the crime?’
    • ‘The police begin investigating him as an accessory to the murder, for having plotted and planned it with the killer.’
    • ‘The defendant is not charged with having received trust moneys for his own benefit, but with having acted as an accessory to a breach of trust.’
    • ‘The accessory to murder charges remain in force, along with a charge of membership in a terrorist organization.’
    • ‘Today had turned out to be a pretty uneventful day until I discovered a few minutes ago that I'm quite possibly an accessory to murder.’
    • ‘At the very least their actions make them an accessory to crime.’
    • ‘He said paying compensation for vehicles with varying declared value for duty at ZRA and the insured value would render the corporation an accessory to the crime of tax evasion.’
    • ‘In 1828 Curr tried to charge one of his superintendents with being an accessory to murder after one of his convict servants had killed an Aboriginal woman.’
    • ‘Everyone present at that court was an accessory to the crime of the century.’
    • ‘How does an ordinary, obedient child of the 1950s and a beneficiary of the economic miracle of that era turn into a terrorist, an accessory to murder?’
    • ‘She was an accessory to murder, and her son was a witness to it.’
    • ‘In addition to the 3,066 counts of accessory to murder, he was convicted of five counts of accessory to attempted murder and accessory to causing bodily injury.’
    • ‘Addicted to heroin at 18, she has been in and out of jail since then, the first time for accessory to armed robbery to feed her habit.’
    accomplice, partner in crime, abetter, associate, confederate, collaborator, fellow conspirator, henchman, conniver
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adjective

technical
  • Contributing to or aiding an activity or process in a minor way; subsidiary or supplementary.

    ‘functionally the maxillae are a pair of accessory jaws’
    • ‘Her interest was in the ‘B’ or accessory chromosomes of corn, a project in which Randolph had an interest much earlier.’
    • ‘To determine the severity of dyspnea, carefully observe respiratory effort, use of accessory muscles, mental status, and ability to speak.’
    • ‘Mesogastric, urogastric, cardiac, and intestinal lobes disposed in a longitudinal, continous band, flanked by accessory lobes.’
    • ‘This allowed us to test whether the delay in time to sexual maturity was associated with reduced size of the testes or accessory glands in day 36 sugar-fed males.’
    • ‘The gradual prolongation of the AH interval (decremental conduction) is a feature that rarely occurs in accessory pathway conduction.’
    • ‘Third, despite the loss of its own lens, the cavefish eye and accessory tissues have retained the ability to respond to signals generated by a normal surface fish lens.’
    • ‘The pathway can be situated anywhere around the groove between the atria and ventricles, and in 10% of cases more than one accessory pathway exists.’
    • ‘Small testes and large accessory glands characterize species with singly mated queens, whereas the opposite is found in species with multiply mated queens.’
    • ‘The lateral approach provides an excellent view of the splenic vessels, pancreas, and accessory spleens.’
    • ‘A zygomatic bone may also be tripartite, possessing extra sutures and accessory bones.’
    • ‘A thorough search for accessory spleens is an important step for patients who have hematologic disease (ie, SCD).’
    • ‘The ability of DNA polymerases to replicate DNA requires a number of additional accessory proteins.’
    • ‘The integument is composed of the skin, which covers the entire body, in addition to accessory organs derived from skin.’
    • ‘The male reproductive system contains four pairs of accessory glands, the most prominent of which are the tightly coiled spiral accessory glands.’
    • ‘Cytokines are examples of these accessory signals.’
    • ‘It later appears as the hyomandibular, an accessory jaw element.’
    • ‘B to have inflated inner accessory lobes and short posterior platforms in addition to the more typical forms.’
    • ‘Population genetic investigation of accessory gland protein genes has previously focused on D. melanogaster and D. simulans.’
    • ‘Changing the phosphorylation state of the CTD is one mechanism by which binding of accessory proteins to the CTD of pol II may be regulated.’
    • ‘In addition, Tetragonocrinus has tetragonally positioned accessory canals along the column.’
    additional, extra, supplementary, supplemental, auxiliary, ancillary, secondary, subsidiary, supportive, assisting, reserve, complementary, further, more, add-on
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Origin

Late Middle English: from medieval Latin accessorius additional thing, from Latin access- increased, from the verb accedere (see accede).

Pronunciation:

accessory

/əkˈsɛs(ə)ri/