accessory /əkˈsɛs(ə)ri/


I. noun

1. a 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.
2. 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.
3. (also accessary)
[Law] someone who gives assistance to the perpetrator of a crime without taking part in it

she was charged as an accessory to murder.
II. adjective

‹chiefly 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.
III. phrases

accessory before (or after) the fact

‹dated› a person who incites or assists someone to commit an arrestable offence (or knowingly aids someone who has committed such an offence).
IV. derivatives

accessorial /aksɛˈsɔːrɪəl /

[chiefly Law]
– origin late Middle English: from medieval Latin accessorius ‘additional thing’, from Latin access- ‘increased’, from the verb accedere (see accede).

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