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English definition of “accessory”

accessory

noun [C]     /əkˈsesəri/
EXTRA something extra that is not necessary but is attractive or useful: [usually plural] They sell belts and scarves and other fashion accessories. [usually plural] bathroom accessories computer accessoriesThings added or attached to other things
CRIME formal someone who helps a criminal to commit a crime: an accessory to murderHelpers and accomplicesPeople who help or serve people professionallyMiscellaneous criminals
(Definition of accessory noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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