[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
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Examples from the Web for accompaniment
Like many battle raps, the Total Slaughter battle is organized into three rounds with no accompaniment.America’s Poets: Battle Rap Gets Real
July 15, 2014
Landays may be read, but true to their roots in oral tradition, they are frequently sung, sometimes with a drum for accompaniment.Beauty and Subversion in the Secret Poems of Afghan Women
April 6, 2014
A dense and stringy fruit, it needs the accompaniment of a lot of sugar and spices before it becomes particularly palatable.Yes, Some of US Really Like Pumpkin
October 17, 2012
"That should be spoken with music as an accompaniment," exclaimed Rossini when I came to an end.My Double Life
All this he did, methodically, and with as loud and harsh an accompaniment of noise as he could make.A Tale of Two Cities
In this instance I imagine I can show that honesty is the accompaniment.One Day's Courtship
Fanny sits at piano, plays Yankee Doodle, whistling an accompaniment.The Universal Reciter
Sweet enough they were as an accompaniment of wine, but apt to give headache.Anabasis
- 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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper