Meaning of ACCESSORY in English


I. noun

also ac·ces·sa·ry ik-ˈse-sə-rē, ak-, ek-, -ˈses-rē, also ə-ˈse-

( plural -ries )

Date: 15th century


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


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

II. adjective

Date: 1607

1. : assisting as a subordinate ; especially : 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 accessory mineral in a rock

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.