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 suitb : an accompanying situation or occurrence : concomitant studied Italian as an accompaniment to her art history class
accompanimentalplay \-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.
Recent Examples of accompaniment from the Web
Although some sacred music was performed in the traditional a cappella style, accompaniment by organ, piano, and a brass quartet enhanced the performances in each city.
Williams addressed the split — and rumors of infidelity — in JAY-Z‘s short film Footnotes for 4:44, a visual accompaniment to the rapper’s new album, which was released Monday, according to E!
Fruits are a classic accompaniment to many savory dishes, bringing out a sweetness and fullness to many meats and starches.
A clarifying skin mask that brings a luminous afterglow, like Soapwalla’s Phosphorescence mask, sounds like the perfect accompaniment for a moment of stillness.
But the hours and days after the visual accompaniment's premiere on HBO were dominated by heated speculation over the state of the Carters' marriage, with several hints about possible infidelity by JAY-Z peppered throughout its 12 songs.
Andrews' looped vocals (by way of producer Mark Pritchard’s original track Under The Sun) provide a hilariously bad accompaniment to Rick Ross and Big Sean’s verses, and another nonsensical Travis Scott chorus doesn’t help.
The men sang without accompaniment, without notes, their eyes focused on a space above a feast of Georgian dishes.
Medeski, on a Fender Rhodes electric piano, offered now-pushing, now-pulling accompaniment over the slightly off-kilter bass-and-drums backing before launching into his own flight.
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ACCOMPANIMENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of accompaniment for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of accompaniment for Students
: music played in support of someone singing or playing an instrument
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