accompaniment

[ uh-kuhm-puh-ni-muh nt, uh-kuhmp-ni- ]
/ əˈkʌm pə nɪ mənt, əˈkʌmp nɪ- /

noun

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
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British Dictionary definitions for accompaniment

accompaniment

/ (əˈkʌmpənɪmənt, əˈkʌmpnɪ-) /

noun

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

accompaniment


n.

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

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