accessory

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  • IPA(key): /ækˈsɛs.ə.ɹi/,[1] /ækˈsɛ.sə.ɹi/,[2] /ɛkˈsɛ.sə.ɹi/,[2] /ɪkˈsɛ.sə.ɹi/,[2] /əkˈsɛs.ə.ɹi/[1] or IPA(key): /əˈsɛs(ə)ɹi/[2]
  • IPA(key): /ækˈsɛs.ɹi/, /ɛkˈsɛs.ɹi/, /ɪkˈsɛs.ɹi/, /əkˈsɛs.ɹi/[2]

Etymology 1[edit]

First attested in 1550s. From Middle English accessorie Medieval Latin accessōrius, from Latin accessor (helper, subordinate), from Latin accessus. Compare English access, from same root.

Adjective[edit]

accessory (comparative more accessory, superlative most accessory)

  1. 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 persons and things, and, when of persons, usually in a bad sense; as, he was accessory to the riot; accessory sounds in music.
  2. (law) Assisting a crime without actually participating in committing the crime itself.
  3. Present in a minor amount, and not essential.
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Etymology 2[edit]

  • (legal): First attested in 1414.
  • (fashion): First attested in 1896.

Noun[edit]

accessory (plural accessories)

  1. Something that belongs to part of another main thing; something additional and subordinate, an attachment.
    the accessories of a mobile phone
    • (Can we date this quote?) Thomas Carlyle:
      The aspect and accessories of a den of banditti.
  2. (fashion) An article that completes one's basic outfit, such as a scarf or gloves.
  3. (law) A person who is not present at a crime, but contributes to it as an assistant or instigator.
  4. (art) Something in a work of art without being indispensably necessary, for example solely ornamental parts.
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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 accessory” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 accessory” in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Online