A Word A Day : Accessory

Friday, 12th October 2007 : Today's Word is ...


( Adjective & Noun )

Pronunciation : ak-sés-se-ree

1. An optional part that may be fitted to something to perform an additional function or enhance performance

2. An item of clothing that is worn or used for a fashionable effect with an outfit

3. One who aids a criminal after the commission of a crime, but was not present at the time of the crime

4. Having a secondary, supplementary, or subordinate function


Middle English accessorie, from Medieval Latin accessōrius, from accessor, helper, from Latin accessus, approach.

Note:Accessory is the usual spelling. Accessary is an older form that is still occasionally used, especially in some legal contexts.


Addition, Decoration, Fixture, Fitment, Attachment, Adjunct, Auxiliary, Add-On, Extra, Trimming, Accompaniment, Adornment, Embellishment, Accomplice, Partner, Partner In Crime, Assistant, Abettor, Coconspirator, Collaborator


Principal, Core

Contextual Examples:

• Is there a pleasure in being accessory to a theft when we cannot commit it ourselves?

Related Words :

1. Accessorial: Adjective

2. Accessorily: Adverb

3. Accessoriness: Noun

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