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Definition of "accessory" []

  • A subordinate or supplementary item; an adjunct. (noun)
  • Something nonessential but desirable that contributes to an effect or result. See Synonyms at appendage. (noun)
  • Law One who incites, aids, or abets a lawbreaker in the commission of a crime but is not present at the time of the crime. Also called accessory before the fact. (noun)
  • Law One who aids a criminal after the commission of a crime, but was not present at the time of the crime. Also called accessory after the fact. (noun)
  • Having a secondary, supplementary, or subordinate function. (adjective)
  • A supplementary part or object, as of a car, appliance, etc (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A small accompanying item of dress, esp of women's dress (noun)
  • A person who incites someone to commit a crime or assists the perpetrator of a crime, either before or during its commission (noun)
  • Supplementary; additional; subordinate (adjective)
  • Assisting in or having knowledge of an act, esp a crime (adjective)

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Use "accessory" in a sentence
  • "Just as with "blood libel," Sarah Palin can rightly claim that other prominent people have used the term accessory the same way that she did."
  • "In 2010, Ms. Skovgaard won accessory designer of the year at the Elle Style Awards, and most recently, she took the title of accessory designer of the year at the 2011 Dansk Fashion Awards, one of Denmark's most prestigious industry prizes."
  • "I cannot walk past a jewellery store without looking at the earrings on display and I won't even discuss beaded earrings in accessory stores."