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[uh-kuhm-puh-ni-muh nt, uh-kuhmp-ni-] /əˈkʌm pə nɪ mənt, əˈkʌmp nɪ-/
something incidental or added for ornament, symmetry, etc.
Music. a part in a composition designed to serve as background and support for more important parts.
Origin of accompaniment
First recorded in 1725-35; accompany + -ment
Related forms
nonaccompaniment, noun Unabridged
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  • "That should be spoken with music as an accompaniment," exclaimed Rossini when I came to an end.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • All this he did, methodically, and with as loud and harsh an accompaniment of noise as he could make.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • In this instance I imagine I can show that honesty is the accompaniment.

    One Day's Courtship Robert Barr
  • Fanny sits at piano, plays Yankee Doodle, whistling an accompaniment.

  • Sweet enough they were as an accompaniment of wine, but apt to give headache.

    Anabasis Xenophon
  • They might have been read to an accompaniment of fife and drums.

    An Orkney Maid Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • He will get drunk, too, like men of other nations, but he will do it to the accompaniment of music.

    A Bride of the Plains

    Baroness Emmuska Orczy
British Dictionary definitions for accompaniment


/əˈkʌmpənɪmənt; əˈkʌmpnɪ-/
something that accompanies or is served or used with something else
something inessential or subsidiary that is added, as for ornament or symmetry
(music) a subordinate part for an instrument, voices, or an orchestra
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Word Origin and History for accompaniment

1744, from French accompagnement (13c.), from accompagner (see accompany). Musical sense is earliest.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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