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>
accompanimentalplay \-ˌkəm-pə-nē-ˈmen-təl, -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.
Origin and Etymology of accompaniment
First Known Use: 1697
ACCOMPANIMENT Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of accompaniment for Students
: music played in support of someone singing or playing an instrument
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