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.
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.
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 (def 9b).
contributing to a general effect; supplementary; subsidiary.
Law. giving aid as an accessory.
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.
noun (pl) -ries
a supplementary part or object, as of a car, appliance, etc
(often pl) a small accompanying item of dress, esp of women’s dress
a person who incites someone to commit a crime or assists the perpetrator of a crime, either before or during its commission
supplementary; additional; subordinate
assisting in or having knowledge of an act, esp a crime
also accessary, early 15c. as a legal term in the criminal sense of “one aiding in a crime;” also “that which is subordinate to something else,” from Late Latin accessorius, from accessor, agent noun from accedere (see access (n.)). Attested from 1896 as “woman’s smaller articles of dress,” hence accessorize.
1550s, “subordinate,” from Late Latin accessorius, from accessor, agent noun from accedere (see access (n.)). Meaning “aiding in crime” is from c.1600.
accessory ac·ces·so·ry (āk-sěs’ə-rē)
Having a secondary, supplementary, or subordinate function.
Of, relating to, or being a body part, such as a gland, nerve, or muscle, that is anatomically auxiliary.
- Accessory apartment
a self-contained living area within a single-family home, as for an aging parent.
- Accessory bud
accessory bud accessory bud (āk-sěs’ə-rē) See under bud.
- Accessory cell
Immunology. any of various cells of the immune system that work with T or B cells to initiate a specific immune response. Also called subsidiary cell. Botany. a plant epidermal cell associated with guard cells and different morphologically from other epidermal cells. accessory cell See subsidiary cell.
- Accessory cephalic vein
accessory cephalic vein accessory cephalic vein n. A variable vein that passes along the radial border of the forearm to join the cephalic vein near the elbow.