[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

First recorded in 1725–35; accompany + -ment
Related formsnon·ac·com·pa·ni·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for accompaniment

Contemporary Examples of accompaniment

Historical Examples of accompaniment

  • "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.

  • Fanny sits at piano, plays Yankee Doodle, whistling an accompaniment.

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



British Dictionary definitions for accompaniment



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.

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