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

Other Words from accompaniment

accompanimental \ ə-​ˌkəm-​pə-​nē-​ˈmen-​tᵊl How to pronounce accompaniment (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.
Recent Examples on the Web The event will see Barlow and Bear perform the songs from their album with accompaniment by the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Steven Reineke. Wilson Chapman, Variety, 15 June 2022 The nine-man a cappella group Straight No Chaser is celebrating 25 years of singing with no instrumental accompaniment. Randall G. Mielke, Chicago Tribune, 23 May 2022 Dressed in vibrant blue and backed by a diverse 10-person choir wearing all white, Guyton showed off her massive range in the rendition — starting the song high, and soaring ever higher as her accompaniment filled in. Jon Freeman, Rolling Stone, 13 Feb. 2022 That guitar also is her accompaniment on songs from the Lisa Jackson & Girl Friday repertoire. Washington Post, 3 Feb. 2022 Into at least his late 70s, Mr. Maharaj showed how Kathak could display brilliant, jazzlike interplay with its musical accompaniment while remaining an art of both communication and playfulness. New York Times, 2 Feb. 2022 With a steady tempo established at the start, Hough gives the feeling of a singer pirouetting above her accompaniment and then falling back into synch with it. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 24 Jan. 2022 In July 1942, the crooner recorded the song with an orchestra and his trademark whistling accompaniment. Dave Kindy, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Dec. 2021 The 812-member audience happily and loudly obliged in their vocal accompaniment, which set a spirited tone for the evening. San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Dec. 2021 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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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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