Meaning of ACCESSORY in English


[] also n, pl -ries (15c) 1 a: a person not actually or constructively present but contributing as an assistant or instigator to the commission of an offense--called also accessory before the fact b: a person who knowing that a crime has been committed aids or shelters the offender with intent to defeat justice--called also accessory after the fact

2. a: a thing of secondary or subordinate importance: adjunct b: an object or device not essential in itself but adding to the beauty, convenience, or effectiveness of something else "auto accessories" "clothing accessories"

[2]accessory adj (1607) 1: assisting as a subordinate; esp: contributing to a crime but not as the chief agent

2: aiding or contributing in a secondary way: supplementary

3: present in a minor amount and not essential as a constituent "an ~ mineral in a rock"

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