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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The sparkling weather provided an upbeat accompaniment to the riverside proceedings, which marked the 50th anniversary of the 1969 fire on the river that inspired the Clean Water Act of 1972. Steven Litt,, "Ceremony celebrates Cuyahoga River’s journey from shame to pride 50 years after fire on water," 22 June 2019 The musical accompaniment consists of drums and cymbals — occasionally played by the dancers — flute, voice and sometimes violin or harmonium. Marina Harss, New York Times, "The Indian Monks’ Dance, Flowering With the Aid of Women," 17 Apr. 2018 Bread, yogurt and/or a summer salad also make nice accompaniments. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "This Recipe Will Make Your House Smell Heavenly," 24 June 2019 The solemn accompaniment of pianississimo trumpets and trombones suggests a tentative rite of renewal and regeneration, which is what this opera offered to the postwar world in 1919. Larry Wolff, The New York Review of Books, "A Resonant Centenary for Strauss at the Vienna State Opera," 13 June 2019 The music — pieces from the Great American Songbook and more far-flung selections — get essential accompaniment from Logan Hone on a variety of instruments assisted by the cast members, who also pitch in as Foley artists. F. Kathleen Foley,, "Review: For John C. Reilly, it's time to ‘Gather’ at Pasadena Playhouse," 7 June 2019 Except for an early misstep, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s provided lush and crisp accompaniment. Siobhan Burke, New York Times, "Paul Taylor’s Company Without Him: Onstage, a Transition to a New Era," 9 June 2019 The concert features a live orchestra and piano accompaniment, along with group and solo singers. Joan Rusek,, "Laurel student Claire Fedor builds bridges to her future: Valley Views," 7 June 2019 The performance must be appropriate for accompaniment by the Racine Symphony Orchestra. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Audition notices for Milwaukee area theater and music productions (Winter 2018 edition)," 3 Jan. 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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The first known use of accompaniment was in 1697

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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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