Definition of accompaniment in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈkəmp(ə)nimənt/


1A musical part that supports or partners a solo instrument, voice, or group: she sang to a guitar accompaniment sonatas for piano with violin accompaniment
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  • A couple of minutes later, voices struck up an accompaniment to the drumbeat.
  • The range of the custom-tuned baritone guitar means there's a bass accompaniment to the melody, and even the track ‘Ferry Cross the Mersey’ is delicious rather than out of place.
  • The earliest piano recordings, prior to 1910, were not very successful; most discs from this time employ the piano as an accompaniment to a vocalist.
backing, support, background, backup, soundtrack
1.1A piece of music played to complement or as background to an activity: lush string accompaniments to romantic scenes in movies
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  • But to traditional people around the world, music is not background accompaniment to life-it is essential to life itself.
  • Another first is the Bayou Cafe, a New Orleans-inspired Cajun and Creole eatery that features live jazz music accompaniment.
  • Music, that soul-stirring accompaniment for the men of arms.
2Something that is supplementary to or complements something else, typically food: sugar snap peas make a delicious accompaniment for salmon
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  • It was, however, an excellent accompaniment to the delicious Garlic Naan we tried.
  • The Pan con Tomate was your standard bread appetizer, but made a delicious accompaniment to the cheese and olives, which are a bit too intense without meatier companion.
  • Usually we eat them as a meal on their own with a salad, but they also make a delicious accompaniment to roasted or grilled chicken or pork.
complement, supplement, addition, adjunct, appendage, companion, accessory


to the accompaniment of

1With accompanying or background music or sound from: we filed out to the accompaniment of the organ
2With another event happening at the same time as: the dam was completed to the accompaniment of numerous scandals
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  • My Hogmanay was typified by three games of Cluedo with the kids, a glass of Bucks Fizz and a handful of inedible snacks to the accompaniment of increasingly loud Chinese fireworks.
  • The grand finale is the defeat of Ravan, burned in effigy to the accompaniment of whoops and cheers.
  • So when the charge begins, it does so to the accompaniment of almost total silence.


Early 18th century: from French accompagnement, from accompagner 'accompany'.

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Syllabification: ac·com·pa·ni·ment

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