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- (noun): accessary
- (General American) IPA(key): /əkˈsɛsəɹi/, /ækˈsɛsəɹi/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /əkˈsɛs(ə)ɹi/, /ækˈsɛs(ə)ɹi/
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- Homophone: accessary
- Having a secondary, supplementary or subordinate function by accompanying as a subordinate; aiding in a secondary way; being additional; contributing or being contributory. Said of things and actions, very rarely of people (and then usually in a humorous version of the legal sense [or due to confusion between the noun and the adjective]).
- accessory garments
- Surprise parties succeed with the help of accessory neighbors or colleagues.
- (law) Assisting a crime without actually participating in committing the crime itself; being connected as an incident or subordinate to a principal.
- Present in a minor amount, and not essential.
- accessory mineral
- (having a secondary function): accompanying, contributory, auxiliary, subsidiary, subservient, additional, acceding
having a supplementary function
assisting a crime
- (legal): First attested in 1414.
- (fashion): First attested in 1896.
accessory (plural accessories)
- Something that belongs to part of another main thing; something additional and subordinate, an attachment.
- the accessories of a mobile phone
- (fashion) An article that completes one's basic outfit, such as a scarf or gloves.
- 2018 June 5, Jonah Engel Bromwich; Vanessa Friedman; Matthew Schneier, “Kate Spade, whose handbags carried women into adulthood, is dead at 55”, in The New York Times, New York, N.Y.: The New York Times Company, ISSN 0362-4331, OCLC 971436363:
- One of the first of a wave of American women contemporary designers who emerged in the 1990s, she [Kate Spade] built a brand on the appeal of clothes and accessories that made shoppers smile.
- (law) A person who is not present at a crime, but contributes to it as an assistant or instigator.
- She was an accessory to the murder because she helped him commit and probably also conceal the crime.
- (art) Something in a work of art without being indispensably necessary, for example solely ornamental parts.
- (something that belongs to part of another main thing): accompaniment, addition, attachment, supplement; See also Thesaurus:adjunct
- (one who assists in or instigates an offense): abettor, accomplice, ally, coadjutor, accessary
that which belongs to something else deemed the principal, attachment
contributor to an offense
unessential part in a work of art
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