[ 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
  • Also ac·com·pa·ny·ist [uh-kuhm-puh-nee-ist] /əˈkʌm pə ni ɪst/ .

Words Nearby accompanist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use accompanist in a sentence

  • The art of conducting goes frequently with that of accompanying, and he was an excellent accompanist.

  • "I never thought of that; I could have judged better of your voice if we had had an accompanist," said her host.

    A Life Sentence | Adeline Sergeant
  • She was the best accompanist he had ever had, and an extremely nice girl—not a bit like her cub of a brother.

    Happy House | Betsey Riddle, Freifrau von Hutten zum Stolzenberg
  • He used to be good enough to work with me when I could not afford to have an accompanist for more than two hours a day.

    Song of the Lark | Willa Cather
  • The star accompanist aspires to the same mastery when he plays for a famous singer or instrumentalist.

    Piano Mastery | Harriette Brower

British Dictionary definitions for accompanist


sometimes US accompanyist (əˈkʌmpəniːɪst)

/ (əˈkʌmpənɪst, əˈkʌmpnɪst) /

  1. a person who plays a musical accompaniment for another performer, esp a pianist accompanying a singer

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