Meaning of accessory
Pronunciation: (ak-ses'u-rē), [key]
— n., pl. adj. -ries,
- 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.
- 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.
- Also calledacces&prim;sory before&prim; the fact&prim;.a person who, though not present during the commission of a felony, is guilty of having aided and abetted another, who committed the felony.
- Also calledacces&prim;sory af&prim;ter the fact&prim;.a person who knowingly conceals or assists another who has committed a felony. Cf. principal (def. 9b).
- contributing to a general effect; supplementary; subsidiary.
- giving aid as an accessory.
- noting any mineral whose presence in a rock has no bearing on the classification of the rock, as zircon in granite.
- accessory (Thesaurus)