noun ac·com·pa·ni·ment \ə-ˈkəm-pə-nē-mənt, -ˈkəmp-nē-\

: music played to support a person who is singing or playing a musical instrument

: something that is added to another thing to make it better or more appealing; especially : something added to or served with food or a meal

: something that is done or that happens at the same time as something else

Full Definition of ACCOMPANIMENT

:  an instrumental or vocal part designed to support or complement a melody
a :  an addition (as an ornament) intended to give completeness or symmetry :  complement
b :  an accompanying situation or occurrence :  concomitant
ac·com·pa·ni·ment·al \-ˌkəm-pə-nē-ˈmen-təl, -ˌkəmp-nē-\ adjective


  1. She sings without musical accompaniment.
  2. A nice tie was a fine accompaniment to his new suit.
  3. This dish can be served as an accompaniment to most meat main dishes.
  4. This wine is a good accompaniment for spicy foods.
  5. She studied Italian as an accompaniment to her classes in art history.

First Known Use of ACCOMPANIMENT


Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue


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