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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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