Meaning of ACCESSORY in English


n. & adj. (also accessary)

--n. (pl. -ies)

1. an additional or extra thing.

2 (usu. in pl.) a a small attachment or fitting. b a small item of (esp. a woman's) dress (e.g. shoes, gloves, handbag).

3 (often foll. by to) a person who helps in or knows the details of an (esp. illegal) act, without taking part in it.

--adj. additional; contributing or aiding in a minor way; dispensable.

Phrases and idioms:

accessory before (or after) the fact a person who incites (or assists) another to commit a crime.


accessorial adj.

Etymology: med.L accessorius (as ACCEDE)

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.