Adjective "accessory" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


A thing which can be added to something else in order to make it more useful, versatile, or attractive.
  1. 'Its accessories include the necessary hoses, wands, nozzles, hydrant adapters and an injector.'
  2. 'The bathroom accessories department reminded me that I hadn't washed anything for a few weeks, so I'd better buy a fluffy white bath towel.'
  3. 'Carpets, floor liners or floor mats are among the most useful car accessories.'
  4. '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.'
  5. 'Shops may offer a range of accessories or even extended warranties that can be worth a fair bit.'
  6. 'Folder is a new range of toolbar and slat wall accessories which include paper and telephone trays.'
  7. 'Inkjet Printables provides tons of useful information on inkjet accessories and other inkjet items.'
  8. 'Motorola has designed quite a lot of useful accessories around its T720i mobile phone.'
  9. 'Its docking station is a useful accessory that recharges the camera's battery when it's not transferring shots to the computer.'
  10. 'It has a good selection of optional accessories including a Bluetooth headset and the loop set that allows you to use the phone with a suitable hearing aid.'
  11. 'she wore the suit with perfectly matching accessories—hat, bag, shoes'
  12. 'She arrived at Rufforth airfield on a flight from Heathrow and wore a turquoise suit with matching hat and black accessories for the occasion.'
  13. 'These will be used by consumers to store favourite special garments, footwear and accessories.'
  14. 'The teacher looked all fancy with his completely brown outfit and silver accessories.'
  15. 'As gold is the colour to be seen in right now, accessories include sparkly sequined bags, cuffs, belts and kitten heels.'
  16. 'Limit your accessories and do remember to match your shoes as well!'
  17. 'Conversely, there has been a sharp decline in the use of gloves as fashion accessories over the past several decades.'
  18. 'Money cannot buy style, but it can buy you the following chic garments and accessories.'
  19. 'The women have to purchase expensive gowns and matching accessories to keep up with expectations.'
  20. 'Apart from hats, the must-have accessory was a designer handbag, with Louis Vuitton coming out in front of Gucci and Dior as the label to tote.'
  21. '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.'
Someone who gives assistance to the perpetrator of a crime without taking part in it.
  1. 'Intruders and accessories to crime, we had our voyeuristic detachment demolished twice over.'
  2. 'The police begin investigating him as an accessory to the murder, for having plotted and planned it with the killer.'
  3. 'Everyone present at that court was an accessory to the crime of the century.'
  4. 'Now today, I would be an accessory to a robbery, but in those days I really did not care all that much.'
  5. 'The accessory to murder charges remain in force, along with a charge of membership in a terrorist organization.'
  6. 'The defendant is not charged with having received trust moneys for his own benefit, but with having acted as an accessory to a breach of trust.'
  7. '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.'
  8. 'And when will there be a law that will hold a bank guilty as accessory to theft from the Namibian public?'
  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. 'At the very least their actions make them an accessory to crime.'


Contributing to or aiding an activity or process in a minor way; subsidiary or supplementary.
  1. 'The ability of DNA polymerases to replicate DNA requires a number of additional accessory proteins.'
  2. 'A thorough search for accessory spleens is an important step for patients who have hematologic disease (ie, SCD).'
  3. 'A zygomatic bone may also be tripartite, possessing extra sutures and accessory bones.'
  4. 'Small testes and large accessory glands characterize species with singly mated queens, whereas the opposite is found in species with multiply mated queens.'
  5. '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.'
  6. 'Her interest was in the ‘B’ or accessory chromosomes of corn, a project in which Randolph had an interest much earlier.'
  7. 'The lateral approach provides an excellent view of the splenic vessels, pancreas, and accessory spleens.'
  8. 'Cytokines are examples of these accessory signals.'
  9. 'The pathway can be situated anywhere around the groove between the atria and ventricles, and in 10% of cases more than one accessory pathway exists.'
  10. 'In addition, Tetragonocrinus has tetragonally positioned accessory canals along the column.'


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 havi

More examples(as adjective)

"products can be accessory."

"muscles can be accessory."

"organs can be accessory."

"cells can be accessory."

"adaptors can be accessory."

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


accessory before (or after) the fact