[uh-kuhm-puh-ni-muh nt, uh-kuhmp-ni-]
- 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
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Examples from the Web for accompaniments
Of what value to the salads are the accompaniments often served with them?Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
His followers, that is to say, by repeating His life would experience its accompaniments.Pax Vobiscum
I arrange her business and I play her accompaniments, and, as I said, I love her and she loves me.A Singer from the Sea
Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
Now a siege was necessary, with all its accompaniments of blood and woe.Henry IV, Makers of History
John S. C. Abbott
And sometimes there would be like accompaniments to meteoric streams.Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I
- 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 accompaniments
1744, from French accompagnement (13c.), from accompagner (see accompany). Musical sense is earliest.
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