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 \ ə-​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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Recent Examples on the Web Modern foragers such as the Hadza in Tanzania and the Ache in Paraguay often include groups of adult females cooperatively gathering food together, with occasional visits from or accompaniment by adult males. Popular Science, "Prehistoric footprints reveal how ancient men and women divided labor," 20 May 2020 Live orchestral accompaniment also has been eliminated from the new season. Manuel Mendoza, Dallas News, "Texas Ballet Theater cuts budget by $2 million, reduces salaries and delays start of new season," 19 May 2020 But the game also gave you a living space to breathe, rewarding your progress with by a small chamber accompaniment that would eventually be joined by a full-throated orchestra. Washington Post, "Every Mario game, ranked," 6 May 2020 Some components of crisis service can be recalibrated for the new remote world, but not one: accompaniment. Sidney Fussell, Wired, "The Pandemic Creates New Challenges for Crisis Counselors," 28 Apr. 2020 The Aperture: The Aperture will provide a private, in-home dinner for six to eight guests, consisting of seven courses (minimum), inclusive of service and wine accompaniments. Luann Gibbs,, "Everything But The House to auction off unique Cincinnati experiences," 28 Apr. 2020 Nearly a year later, the singers got their first gig at Pandemonium, an event put on by Cleveland Public Theatre, but needed accompaniment. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "Cleveland band The Prom Queens release debut EP," 10 Apr. 2020 The sweet bread bakes up in a little under an hour and makes an equally welcoming accompaniment to morning coffee or a happy hour libation. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Ina Garten Shares Her Irish Soda Bread Recipe," 6 Apr. 2020 Cataldi’s music gives Muro’s narrative even more urgency, veering between funk-jazz acid trip and graphic novel accompaniment. Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News, "New Alaska tunes: Listen to these artists while you’re stuck indoors," 19 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of accompaniment was in 1697

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1 Jun 2020

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“Accompaniment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce accompaniment (audio) \

Kids Definition of accompaniment

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

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