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 Whip avocado into a smoothie, mash and spread it on toast, sprinkle it onto salads, black bean tacos, lentil soup, or a baked potato, or just enjoy half of an avocado as an accompaniment to any meal. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, "Losing Belly Fat: A Nutritionist's Top 5 Foods," 13 May 2020 The lives of the cast members unfolded alongside mine, whether as the backdrop for a volley of e-mails or as accompaniment to a midnight snack. Bryan Washington, The New Yorker, "On Loving “Terrace House” Now More Than Ever," 26 Apr. 2020 But good fresh bread is also fantastic for making summer sandwiches for lunch and dinner, for dipping into healthy soup recipes, or even dusted with a little garlic salt and butter as an accompaniment to healthy pasta recipes. Christopher Michel, Country Living, "How to Use Your Breadmaker to Get the Best Results," 6 Apr. 2020 In a game where players hit the floor often without the accompaniment of whistles from the officials, Antetokounmpo was not immune. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Heat 105, Bucks 89: Too many bricks break Milwaukee's back," 2 Mar. 2020 Pop, Broadway, gospel, patriotic, barbershop four-part harmony without accompaniment, even classical. Linda Gandee/special To,, "Singing Angels celebrate 55th anniversary; local auditions coming up in August," 14 July 2019 Go sweet with applesauce or tangy with sour cream as your accompaniment. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Looking for great pancakes? Here are 17 breakfast restaurants to try in metro Phoenix," 18 Feb. 2020 El viejo decides to provide his own musical accompaniment. David Canfield,, "Exclusive preview: Lilliam Rivera's next novel spins a Bronx-set Greek myth retelling," 30 Jan. 2020 Just a reminder –--singers and dancers should bring a CD of their music accompaniment to the audition. cleveland, "Halloween fun knows no age limits: Olmsted Dates and Data," 2 Nov. 2019

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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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18 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Accompaniment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 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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