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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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  • All this the poor fellow took as one of the accompaniments of the poisoning, and as additional proof that he was beyond hope.

    In the Pecos Country Edward Sylvester Ellis (AKA Lieutenant R.H. Jayne)
  • She practised these accompaniments every afternoon, as assiduously as any school‑girl.

    The Martian George Du Maurier
  • The other means or accompaniments of religious instruction are in the same abundance.

  • It has had accompaniments not before known in the history of the world.

  • In this group the accompaniments all receive an attention that gives them meaning without obtrusiveness.

  • 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
  • Seals, however, together with the chatelaine and the rest of its accompaniments, will be spoken of later.

    Jewellery H. Clifford Smith,
  • 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
  • They are by no means necessary, and are generally the accompaniments of bad training and the proofs of bad temper.

  • Now a siege was necessary, with all its accompaniments of blood and woe.

    Henry IV, Makers of History John S. C. Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for accompaniments


/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 accompaniments



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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