[uh-kuhm-puh-nist, uh-kuhmp-nist]


Music. a person who plays an accompaniment.

Origin of accompanist

First recorded in 1825–35; accompan(y) + -ist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for accompanist


sometimes US accompanyist (əˈkʌmpəniːɪst)


a person who plays a musical accompaniment for another performer, esp a pianist accompanying a singer
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Word Origin and History for accompanist

"performer who takes the accompanying part in music," 1833, from accompany + -ist. Fowler prefers accompanyist.

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