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[uh-kuhm-puh-nist, uh-kuhmp-nist]
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  1. Music. a person who plays an accompaniment.

Origin of accompanist

First recorded in 1825–35; accompan(y) + -ist
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Examples from the Web for accompanist

Historical Examples

  • I like Arlt, and for weeks I had been trying to get him as accompanist, so I gained by the affair.

    The Dominant Strain

    Anna Chapin Ray

  • He is Mr. Thayer's accompanist, that little German who was with him at Mrs. Stanley's.

    The Dominant Strain

    Anna Chapin Ray

  • Then, turning, he laid a kindly hand on the arm of his accompanist.

    The Dominant Strain

    Anna Chapin Ray

  • But New York could not supply an accompanist with a pointed beard!

  • Harris is most widely known as an accompanist, and is one of the best in the country.

British Dictionary definitions for accompanist


sometimes US accompanyist (əˈkʌmpəniːɪst)

  1. a person who plays a musical accompaniment for another performer, esp a pianist accompanying a singer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for accompanist


"performer who takes the accompanying part in music," 1833, from accompany + -ist. Fowler prefers accompanyist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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