ac·com·pa·ni·ment | \ə-ˈkəm-pə-nē-mənt, -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, -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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Soup or seasonal fruit is an ideal accompaniment for this easy weeknight dinner. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Table for 1: For solo diners, cooking at home offers many perks," 12 July 2018 For some reason caponata, the luxurious olive and caper studded appetizer of fried eggplant, was a ubiquitous accompaniment to Scotch and soda in Silver Lake in the 1960s. Evan Kleiman,, "Cucina Italiana: The joy of eggplant. Try making a timbale," 5 July 2018 The lemon risotto and asparagus were great accompaniments to the scallops, and the tarragon white wine sauce was a lovely addition to the chicken! Dave Eckert, kansascity, "It's time for spring menus at some Kansas City restaurants | The Kansas City Star," 26 Apr. 2018 The subtle sweetness and creamy effervescence of the 2014 vintage is the perfect accompaniment for a nectarine tart. Maya Rhodan, Time, "Melania Trump Is Using Ingredients From Michelle Obama's White House Garden at Her First State Dinner," 23 Apr. 2018 The accompaniment is raw, stripped down, and often blues-inflected as Reilly confronts a dystopian world and his own shortcomings with unsparing candor and cutting humor., "Manayunk Arts Festival, Juneteenth, Bluebird Distilling 3rd Anniversary Party, and other events in Philadelphia, June 22-29," 21 June 2018 In Hanoi, where the dish originates, the fish is usually cooked tableside and served with a variety of accompaniments. The Healthyish Team, Bon Appetit, "37 Healthy Pasta Recipes Full of Vegetables, Protein, and Flavor," 26 Apr. 2018 The class led by Los Angeles performer Daunte Fyall teaches the energetic moves from Guinea, Senegal and Mali with drumming accompaniment. Linda Mcintosh,, "Vista Boys & Girls Club gala raises $85K news," 11 July 2018 Microsoft also disclosed details of the new, updated wireless Surface Mobile Mouse, the ambidextrous accompaniment to the Surface Go. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's $399, 10-inch Surface Go rethinks the Windows tablet for consumers," 9 July 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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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


ac·com·pa·ni·ment | \ə-ˈkəm-pə-nē-mənt \

Kids Definition of accompaniment

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

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