accompaniment

noun
ac·​com·​pa·​ni·​ment | \ ə-ˈkəm-pə-nē-mənt How to pronounce accompaniment (audio) , -ˈkəmp-nē-\

Definition of accompaniment

1 music : an instrumental or vocal part designed to support or complement a melody sang the song with a piano accompaniment
2a : an addition (such as an ornament) intended to give completeness or symmetry to something : complement a tie that's a nice accompaniment to his new suit
b : an accompanying situation or occurrence : concomitant studied Italian as an accompaniment to her art history class

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Other Words from accompaniment

accompanimental \ -​ˌkəm-​pə-​nē-​ˈmen-​tᵊl How to pronounce accompanimental (audio) , -​ˌkəmp-​nē-​ \ adjective

Examples of accompaniment in a Sentence

She sings without musical accompaniment. A nice tie was a fine accompaniment to his new suit. This dish can be served as an accompaniment to most meat main dishes. This wine is a good accompaniment for spicy foods. She studied Italian as an accompaniment to her classes in art history.
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Edgar Allen Poe acted as trans-dimensional connective membrane and Beethoven via Wendy Carlos delivered the musical accompaniment. Vogue, "The Top 12 Collections of the Fall 2019 Menswear Season," 23 Jan. 2019 Musical accompaniment for the luncheon was courtesy Diana Ledet on violin and Diana Cangemi on piano. Sue Strachan, NOLA.com, "8 celebrated at 42nd annual Great Lady/Great Gentleman Awards," 5 June 2018 The accompaniments were stone-ground mustard, pickled radishes, peppers and slightly spicy apricots, homemade cream cheese and toast. Ina Pinkney, chicagotribune.com, "Interurban Boathouse, Frunchroom and Coffee Joint: Ina's best bets for breakfast this month," 23 May 2018 Here, the nose inhales whiffs of leather, wood, and polish, while the regular pounding of hammers serves as an audio accompaniment. Amy Verner, Vogue, "Vogue Got an Exclusive Tour of Chanel’s Ateliers While Tonight’s Métiers d’Art Collection Was Being Made," 5 Dec. 2018 The annual party on the White Isle -- which serves as the flagship musical accompaniment to the island’s International Music Summit gathering -- has become one of the year’s most anticipated events. Michael Sundius, Billboard, "Peggy Gou & Jackmaster on the Art of Eclecticism: Exclusive Interview," 13 June 2018 In ensembles that combine pattern and asymmetry, in duets and solos of thrilling contrasts and insistence, the choreography becomes the poems’ outer framework (dance often proceeds at length between stanzas) and their spiritual accompaniment. New York Times, "Review: Pam Tanowitz’s ‘Four Quartets’ Hits Poetic Heights," 8 July 2018 The minor-major shifts of his accompaniment were perfect. Mick Moloney, Smithsonian, "How One Impromptu Jam Session Spawned a Sweeping Irish American Music Revival," 16 Mar. 2018 In Bill Fennelly’s new production, the characters will provide their own musical accompaniment. David Lyman, Cincinnati.com, "New Playhouse season includes work by 'Hamilton' creator," 27 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of accompaniment

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for accompaniment

accompany + -ment, on the model of French accompagnement, going back to Old French acompaignement "feudal power-sharing contract," derivative of acompaigner "to accompany"

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accompaniment

noun

English Language Learners 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

accompaniment

noun
ac·​com·​pa·​ni·​ment | \ ə-ˈkəm-pə-nē-mənt How to pronounce accompaniment (audio) \

Kids Definition of accompaniment

: music played in support of someone singing or playing an instrument

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