AskDefine | Define accessory

Dictionary Definition

accessory adj : relating to something that is added but is not essential; "an ancillary pump"; "an adjuvant discipline to forms of mysticism"; "The mind and emotions are auxilliary to each other" [syn: adjunct, ancillary, adjuvant, appurtenant, auxiliary, subsidiary]


1 clothing that is worn or carried, but not part of your main clothing [syn: accoutrement, accouterment]
2 a supplementary component that improves capability [syn: appurtenance, supplement, add-on]
3 someone who helps another person commit a crime [syn: accessary]

User Contributed Dictionary


Latin accessorius. See access, and compare accessary


  • /əkˈsɛsərɪ/


  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. In the context of "Law": Assisting a crime without actually participating in committing the crime itself.


having a supplementary function
assisting a crime


  1. That which belongs to something else deemed the principal; something additional and subordinate, an attachment
    • the accessories of a mobile phone
  2. An article that completes one's basic outfit, such as a scarf or gloves.
  3. One who, not being present, contributes as an assistant or instigator to the commission of an offense.
  4. In the context of "fine arts": Anything that enters into a work of art without being indispensably necessary, as mere ornamental parts. - James Elmes


  • Dutch: accessoire, aanhangsel, toebehoren
  • Finnish: lisävaruste, varuste, tarvike
  • French: accessoire
  • German: Zubehör
  • Hungarian: tartozék
clothing accessory
contributor to an offense
unessential part in a work of art
  • Finnish: koriste
  • French: accessoire
  • German: Accessoire
  • Hungarian: bűntárs


  • Webster 1913

Extensive Definition

Accessory may refer to:
accessory in Japanese: アクセサリー

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

a party to, abettor, accessary, accession, accessories, accident, accidental, accompaniment, accompanying, accomplice, accomplice in crime, accretion, addenda, addendum, additament, addition, additional, additive, additory, additum, adjunct, adjuvant, adscititious, adventitious, aide, ancillary, annex, annexation, another, appanage, appanages, appendage, appendages, appendant, appendix, appointments, appurtenance, appurtenances, appurtenant, ascititious, assistant, assisting, associated, attachment, attendant, attending, augment, augmentation, auxiliary, belongings, casual, choses, choses in action, choses in possession, choses local, choses transitory, circumstantial, coconspirator, coda, cohort, coincident, collaborator, collateral, colleague, combined, complement, component, concomitant, concurrent, confederate, conjoint, conspirator, contingency, contingent, continuation, contributory, copartner, corollary, correlative, cotenant, coupled, defendant, doodad, engaged, extension, extra, extrapolation, farther, fellow, fellow conspirator, fixture, fortuitous, fostering, fresh, frill, further, happenstance, helper, helping, implicated, incidental, increase, increment, inessential, instrumental, involved, joined, joint, litigant, litigationist, litigator, material things, mere chance, ministerial, ministering, ministrant, more, movables, mutual, new, nonessential, not-self, nurtural, nutricial, offshoot, other, paired, panel, parallel, paraphernalia, partaker, partaking, participant, participating, participative, participator, participatory, parties litigant, partner, party, pendant, perquisites, personal effects, plaintiff, plus, reinforcement, secondary, serving, shareholder, sharer, sharing, side effect, side issue, simultaneous, socius criminis, spare, subordinate, subservient, subsidiary, suitor, superadded, superaddition, superfluous, supernumerary, supervenient, supplement, supplemental, supplementary, surplus, tailpiece, things, trappings, tributary, twin, ulterior, undergirding, unessential, witness
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