Does that shiny new car come with all the bells and whistles? Then it has plenty of accoutrements, or accessories.

Say accoutrement with a French accent and you'll be referring to an outfit — a particularly bizarre outfit. But when we borrowed the word from France, it evolved to refer to any kind of trappings or extras, especially clothing accessories. So an accoutrement can be anything from a belt or bangles, to extra cup holders and heated bucket seats.

Definitions of accoutrement
  1. noun
    clothing that is worn or carried, but not part of your main clothing
    synonyms: accessory, accouterment
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    a band to tie or buckle around the body (usually at the waist)
    furnishing, trappings
    (usually plural) accessory wearing apparel
    baldric, baldrick
    a wide (ornamented) belt worn over the right shoulder to support a sword or bugle by the left hip
    cartridge belt
    a broad belt with loops or pockets for holding ammunition
    a belt with loops or slots for carrying small hand tools
    money belt
    belt with a concealed section for holding money
    life belt, safety belt, safety harness
    belt attaching you to some object as a restraint in order to prevent you from getting hurt
    Sam Browne belt
    leather belt supported by a strap over the right shoulder
    type of:
    article of clothing, clothing, habiliment, vesture, wear, wearable
    a covering designed to be worn on a person's body
  2. noun
    an additional piece of equipment used for some activity
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    an instrumentality needed for an undertaking or to perform a service
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