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accompaniment

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

Simple Definition of accompaniment

  • : 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

  1. 1 :  an instrumental or vocal part designed to support or complement a melody

  2. 2 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·alplay \-ˌkəm-pə-nē-ˈmen-təl, -ˌkəmp-nē-\ adjective

Examples of accompaniment

  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.



1697

First Known Use of accompaniment

1697




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