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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ak-ses-uh-ree]
    • /ækˈsɛs ə ri/
    • /əkˈses.ər.i/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ak-ses-uh-ree]
    • /ækˈsɛs ə ri/

Definitions of accessory word

  • countable noun accessory Accessories are items of equipment that are not usually essential, but which can be used with or added to something else in order to make it more efficient, useful, or decorative. 3
  • countable noun accessory Accessories are articles such as belts and scarves which you wear or carry but which are not part of your main clothing. 3
  • countable noun accessory If someone is guilty of being an accessory to a crime, they helped the person who committed it, or knew it was being committed but did not tell the police. 3
  • adjective accessory You can use accessory to describe something which is part of an activity or process, but not the most essential or important part of it. 3
  • noun accessory a supplementary part or object, as of a car, appliance, etc 3
  • noun accessory a small accompanying item of dress, esp of women's dress 3

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Origin of accessory

First appearance:

before 1400
One of the 24% oldest English words
1400-50; late Middle English accessorie (< Middle French) < Medieval Latin accessōrius. See accede, -tory1

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Parts of speech for Accessory


accessory popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 90% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

accessory usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for accessory

noun accessory

  • decoration — The decoration of a room is its furniture, wallpaper, and ornaments.
  • component — The components of something are the parts that it is made of.
  • adornment — An adornment is something that is used to make a person or thing more beautiful.
  • appliance — An appliance is a device or machine in your home that you use to do a job such as cleaning or cooking. Appliances are often electrical.
  • trim — to put into a neat or orderly condition by clipping, paring, pruning, etc.: to trim a hedge.

adjective accessory

  • subsidiary — serving to assist or supplement; auxiliary; supplementary.
  • cliquish — If you describe a group of people or their behavior as cliquish, you mean they spend their time only with other members of the group and seem unfriendly towards people who are not in the group.
  • subservient — serving or acting in a subordinate capacity; subordinate.
  • collateral — Collateral is money or property which is used as a guarantee that someone will repay a loan.
  • adjunctive — that constitutes an adjunct

Antonyms for accessory

noun accessory

  • decrease — When something decreases or when you decrease it, it becomes less in quantity, size, or intensity.
  • reduction — the act of reducing or the state of being reduced.
  • lessening — to become less.
  • subtraction — an act or instance of subtracting.
  • principal — first or highest in rank, importance, value, etc.; chief; foremost.

adjective accessory

  • fundamental — serving as, or being an essential part of, a foundation or basis; basic; underlying: fundamental principles; the fundamental structure.
  • biotic — of or relating to living organisms
  • right-hand — on the right.
  • amoebic — of, relating to, or resembling an ameba.
  • integral — of, relating to, or belonging as a part of the whole; constituent or component: integral parts.

Top questions with accessory

  • what are the accessory organs of digestion?
  • what is an accessory organ?

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