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 pope’s remarks, if accurate, would reinforce his vision of inclusion, accompaniment, and mercy. Jason Horowitz,, "‘God made you this way,’ pope is said to have told gay man," 21 May 2018 The site is very clear that no background tracks, accompaniment, or instruments may be played during your session. Megan Stein, Country Living, "10 Totally Weird Things About 'The Voice' Auditions That No One Ever Talks About," 19 Jan. 2019 Before the last race started the bugle player of the band went into the judges’ stand enclosure and played ‘Maryland, My Maryland,’ the band in the grandstand played the accompaniment and the crowd cheered. Jacques Kelly,, "Jacques Kelly: When considering the fate of the Preakness at Pimlico, don't forget the comeback of 1909," 19 May 2018 For this service, the flatbed of a red Chevrolet Colorado served as stage, a tambourine the musical accompaniment. Jeff Gammage,, "At 'ghost bike' memorial for lost rider, tears, love and anger," 19 May 2018 Over most of those 17 years, Mr. Carll’s vocal phrasing would often bend in surprising, quirky ways, and his accompaniment varied from sparse folky picking to raucous rock. Barry Mazor, WSJ, "‘What It Is’ by Hayes Carll Review: A New Direction, Yet Again," 12 Feb. 2019 Edgar Allen Poe acted as trans-dimensional connective membrane and Beethoven via Wendy Carlos delivered the musical accompaniment. Vogue, "The Top 12 Collections of the Fall 2019 Menswear Season," 23 Jan. 2019 Musical accompaniment for the luncheon was courtesy Diana Ledet on violin and Diana Cangemi on piano. Sue Strachan,, "8 celebrated at 42nd annual Great Lady/Great Gentleman Awards," 5 June 2018 The accompaniments were stone-ground mustard, pickled radishes, peppers and slightly spicy apricots, homemade cream cheese and toast. Ina Pinkney,, "Interurban Boathouse, Frunchroom and Coffee Joint: Ina's best bets for breakfast this month," 23 May 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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to mark by some ceremony or observation

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