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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.


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 people and things, and, when of people, usually in a bad sense
    She 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.


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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