Noun Accessory Definition and Examples







A thing which can be added to something else in order to make it more useful, versatile, or attractive.
  1. 'To motorists, it's a useful accessory that allows them to talk without driving off the road.'
  2. 'Motorola has designed quite a lot of useful accessories around its T720i mobile phone.'
  3. 'In addition to building materials, the group also sells bathroom suites and accessories to trade suppliers and the public.'
  4. 'They can then add optional extras and accessories to their car.'
  5. 'It also offers a very broad range of accessories including batteries, headsets, add-ons and clip-ons.'
  6. 'Carpets, floor liners or floor mats are among the most useful car accessories.'
  7. 'Its docking station is a useful accessory that recharges the camera's battery when it's not transferring shots to the computer.'
  8. 'Among the many useful accessories in a car, truck, SUV or van are the mud guards.'
  9. 'Purchasers will have the option of fitted baths while there will be extra large shower cubicles as well as a full range of bathroom accessories.'
  10. 'The even better news is that bathroom accessories can be spray painted in the same colour for a co-ordinated look.'
  11. 'she wore the suit with perfectly matching accessories—hat, bag, shoes'
  12. 'I also ran around taking a few pics of the models that were showcasing the designers gowns, and hair accessories.'
  13. 'As gold is the colour to be seen in right now, accessories include sparkly sequined bags, cuffs, belts and kitten heels.'
  14. 'I would like to use the same accessories and shoes with each dress.'
  15. 'Keep the clothes to three basic colors if you want your accessories to match with your wardrobe.'
  16. 'Limit your accessories and do remember to match your shoes as well!'
  17. 'There will also be her fantastic range of accessories including shell necklaces and natural raffia bags and baskets to add a touch of style to any outfit.'
  18. 'He shops for many of his outfits on the Internet, where he says there are a wide range of authentic outfits and matching accessories for sale.'
  19. 'Money cannot buy style, but it can buy you the following chic garments and accessories.'
  20. 'These will be used by consumers to store favourite special garments, footwear and accessories.'
  21. 'She arrived at Rufforth airfield on a flight from Heathrow and wore a turquoise suit with matching hat and black accessories for the occasion.'
Someone who gives assistance to the perpetrator of a crime without taking part in it.
  1. 'The accessory to murder charges remain in force, along with a charge of membership in a terrorist organization.'
  2. 'And when will there be a law that will hold a bank guilty as accessory to theft from the Namibian public?'
  3. 'And should she thus be punished in the same way as the actual murderers, as an accessory to the crime?'
  4. 'As a result the clan stalwart and laird was tried by a jury of Campbells and, not surprisingly, was convicted as an accessory to the murder.'
  5. 'Today had turned out to be a pretty uneventful day until I discovered a few minutes ago that I'm quite possibly an accessory to murder.'
  6. 'Has it been closed down, and its landlord charged with being an accessory to murder?'
  7. 'Everyone present at that court was an accessory to the crime of the century.'
  8. 'Addicted to heroin at 18, she has been in and out of jail since then, the first time for accessory to armed robbery to feed her habit.'
  9. 'In addition to the 3,066 counts of accessory to murder, he was convicted of five counts of accessory to attempted murder and accessory to causing bodily injury.'
  10. 'The police begin investigating him as an accessory to the murder, for having plotted and planned it with the killer.'


Contributing to or aiding an activity or process in a minor way; subsidiary or supplementary.
  1. 'Small testes and large accessory glands characterize species with singly mated queens, whereas the opposite is found in species with multiply mated queens.'
  2. 'A thorough search for accessory spleens is an important step for patients who have hematologic disease (ie, SCD).'
  3. 'The ability of DNA polymerases to replicate DNA requires a number of additional accessory proteins.'
  4. 'This allowed us to test whether the delay in time to sexual maturity was associated with reduced size of the testes or accessory glands in day 36 sugar-fed males.'
  5. 'The male reproductive system contains four pairs of accessory glands, the most prominent of which are the tightly coiled spiral accessory glands.'
  6. 'Changing the phosphorylation state of the CTD is one mechanism by which binding of accessory proteins to the CTD of pol II may be regulated.'
  7. 'It later appears as the hyomandibular, an accessory jaw element.'
  8. 'The lateral approach provides an excellent view of the splenic vessels, pancreas, and accessory spleens.'
  9. 'Third, despite the loss of its own lens, the cavefish eye and accessory tissues have retained the ability to respond to signals generated by a normal surface fish lens.'
  10. 'Population genetic investigation of accessory gland protein genes has previously focused on D. melanogaster and D. simulans.'
((n.) That which belongs to something else deemed the principal; something additional and subordinate.|--|(n.) Same as Accessary, n.|--|(n.) Anything that enters into a work of art without being indispensably necessary, as mere ornamental parts.|--|)

noun, plural accessories.

1. a subordinate or supplementary part, object, or the like, used mainly for convenience, attractiveness, safety, etc., as a spotlight on an automobile or a lens cover on a camera.

2. an article or set of articles of dress, as gloves, earrings, or a scarf, that adds completeness, convenience, attractiveness, etc., to one's basic outfit.

3. Law. Also called accessory before the fact. a person who, though not present during the commission of a felony, is guilty of having aided and abetted another, who committed the felony. Also called accessory after the fact. a person who knowingly conceals or assists another who has committed a felony.Compare principal (def 9b).

4. Anatomy. accessory nerve. adjective

5. contributing to a general effect; supplementary; subsidiary.

6. Law. giving aid as an accessory.

7. Petrography. (of a mineral) being present in small amounts in a rock and having no bearing on the classification of the rock, as zircon in granite.


"There can be accessory sales."
"There can be accessory divisions."
"There can be accessory products."
"There can be accessory manufacturers."
"There can be accessory industries."
"There can be accessory companies."
"There can be accessory towels."
"There can be accessory stores."
"There can be accessory spray guns."
"There can be accessory sides."
"There can be accessory shops."
"There can be accessory shoes."
"There can be accessory sectors."
"There can be accessory rugs."
"There can be accessory retailers."
"There can be accessory outlets."
"There can be accessory operations."
"There can be accessory makers."
"There can be accessory leads."
"There can be accessory labels."

Late Middle English: from medieval Latin accessorius ‘additional thing’, from Latin access- ‘increased’, from the verb accedere (see accede).

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