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’
    • ‘Folder is a new range of toolbar and slat wall accessories which include paper and telephone trays.’
    • ‘The even better news is that bathroom accessories can be spray painted in the same colour for a co-ordinated look.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The centre will sell everything from garden plants to household accessories and includes a restaurant.’
    • ‘They can then add optional extras and accessories to their car.’
    • ‘Other accessories include remote-control headphones and - crucially - a battery pack.’
    • ‘Motorola has designed quite a lot of useful accessories around its T720i mobile phone.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To motorists, it's a useful accessory that allows them to talk without driving off the road.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And if you want the comfort of typing with a full-size keyboard, you can easily add one as an optional accessory.’
    • ‘It also offers a very broad range of accessories including batteries, headsets, add-ons and clip-ons.’
    • ‘Among the many useful accessories in a car, truck, SUV or van are the mud guards.’
    • ‘Its docking station is a useful accessory that recharges the camera's battery when it's not transferring shots to the computer.’
    • ‘Carpets, floor liners or floor mats are among the most useful car accessories.’
    • ‘Its accessories include the necessary hoses, wands, nozzles, hydrant adapters and an injector.’
    • ‘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.’
    attachment, extra, addition, add-on, retrofit, adjunct, appendage, appurtenance, fitment, supplement
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    1. 1.1 A 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘These will be used by consumers to store favourite special garments, footwear and accessories.’
      • ‘Victoria Beckham, meanwhile, is promising to launch her own range of clothes and accessories in 2004.’
      • ‘The women have to purchase expensive gowns and matching accessories to keep up with expectations.’
      • ‘When you buy a new dress, be sure you have shoes and other accessories to go with it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I would like to use the same accessories and shoes with each dress.’
      • ‘Conversely, there has been a sharp decline in the use of gloves as fashion accessories over the past several decades.’
      • ‘Limit your accessories and do remember to match your shoes as well!’
      • ‘As gold is the colour to be seen in right now, accessories include sparkly sequined bags, cuffs, belts and kitten heels.’
      • ‘Keep the clothes to three basic colors if you want your accessories to match with your wardrobe.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She arrived at Rufforth airfield on a flight from Heathrow and wore a turquoise suit with matching hat and black accessories for the occasion.’
      • ‘The teacher looked all fancy with his completely brown outfit and silver accessories.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Do they also carry bridal accessories, like hair decorations, veils and shoes?’
      • ‘Money cannot buy style, but it can buy you the following chic garments and accessories.’
      • ‘A source said: ‘Jennifer thought it would be fun and unusual to extend the range of accessories to animals’.’
      • ‘I also ran around taking a few pics of the models that were showcasing the designers gowns, and hair accessories.’
      adornment, embellishment, finery, trimming, ornament, ornamentation, decoration, complement, fashion detail, frill
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  • 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?’
    • ‘Now today, I would be an accessory to a robbery, but in those days I really did not care all that much.’
    • ‘At the very least their actions make them an accessory to crime.’
    • ‘Intruders and accessories to crime, we had our voyeuristic detachment demolished twice over.’
    • ‘Everyone present at that court was an accessory to the crime of the century.’
    • ‘The police begin investigating him as an accessory to the murder, for having plotted and planned it with the killer.’
    • ‘She was an accessory to murder, and her son was a witness to it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘And should she thus be punished in the same way as the actual murderers, as an accessory to the crime?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The accessory to murder charges remain in force, along with a charge of membership in a terrorist organization.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It later appears as the hyomandibular, an accessory jaw element.’
    • ‘In addition, Tetragonocrinus has tetragonally positioned accessory canals along the column.’
    • ‘The male reproductive system contains four pairs of accessory glands, the most prominent of which are the tightly coiled spiral accessory glands.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘B to have inflated inner accessory lobes and short posterior platforms in addition to the more typical forms.’
    • ‘To determine the severity of dyspnea, carefully observe respiratory effort, use of accessory muscles, mental status, and ability to speak.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Population genetic investigation of accessory gland protein genes has previously focused on D. melanogaster and D. simulans.’
    • ‘Mesogastric, urogastric, cardiac, and intestinal lobes disposed in a longitudinal, continous band, flanked by accessory lobes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cytokines are examples of these accessory signals.’
    • ‘A zygomatic bone may also be tripartite, possessing extra sutures and accessory bones.’
    • ‘Her interest was in the ‘B’ or accessory chromosomes of corn, a project in which Randolph had an interest much earlier.’
    • ‘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 gradual prolongation of the AH interval (decremental conduction) is a feature that rarely occurs in accessory pathway conduction.’
    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/