accompaniment

noun ac·com·pa·ni·ment \ ə-ˈkəm-pə-nē-mənt , -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
2 a :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

accompanimental

play \-ˌkəm-pə-nē-ˈmen-tᵊl, -ˌkəmp-nē-\ adjective

Examples of accompaniment in a Sentence

  1. She sings without musical accompaniment.

  2. A nice tie was a fine accompaniment to his new suit.

  3. This dish can be served as an accompaniment to most meat main dishes.

  4. This wine is a good accompaniment for spicy foods.

  5. She studied Italian as an accompaniment to her classes in art history.

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Origin and Etymology of accompaniment

accompany + -ment, on the model of French accompagnement, going back to Old French acompaignement "feudal power-sharing contract," derivative of acompaigner "to accompany"



ACCOMPANIMENT Defined for English Language Learners

accompaniment

noun

Definition of accompaniment for English Language Learners

  • : 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


ACCOMPANIMENT Defined for Kids

accompaniment

noun ac·com·pa·ni·ment \ ə-ˈkəm-pə-nē-mənt \

Definition of accompaniment for Students

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


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