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[uh-kuhm-puh-ni-muh nt, uh-kuhmp-ni-]
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  1. something incidental or added for ornament, symmetry, etc.
  2. Music. a part in a composition designed to serve as background and support for more important parts.
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Origin of accompaniment

First recorded in 1725–35; accompany + -ment
Related formsnon·ac·com·pa·ni·ment, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Of what value to the salads are the accompaniments often served with them?

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4

    Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences

  • His followers, that is to say, by repeating His life would experience its accompaniments.

    Pax Vobiscum

    Henry Drummond

  • I arrange her business and I play her accompaniments, and, as I said, I love her and she loves me.

    A Singer from the Sea

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

  • Now a siege was necessary, with all its accompaniments of blood and woe.

  • And sometimes there would be like accompaniments to meteoric streams.

British Dictionary definitions for accompaniments


  1. something that accompanies or is served or used with something else
  2. something inessential or subsidiary that is added, as for ornament or symmetry
  3. music a subordinate part for an instrument, voices, or an orchestra
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Word Origin and History for accompaniments



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

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