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. (adjective)
Assisting a crime without actually participating in committing the crime itself. (adjective)
Present in a minor amount, and not essential. (adjective)
That which belongs to something else deemed the principal; something additional and subordinate, an attachment. (noun)
An article that completes one's basic outfit, such as a scarf or gloves. (noun)
One who, not being present, contributes as an assistant or instigator to the commission of an offense; One who assists after the commission of a crime, but was not present. (noun)
Anything that enters into a work of art without being indispensably necessary, as mere ornamental parts. (noun)
Examples of word accessory
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.
Remember, the best accessory is a pet identification tag!
A useful car accessory is a USB charger, which plugs into the socket formerly known as the cigarette lighter.