Definition of accompaniment in English:


Line breaks: ac¦com|pani|ment
Pronunciation: /əˈkʌmp(ə)nɪm(ə)nt


  • 1A musical part which supports or partners an instrument, voice, or group: she sang to a guitar accompaniment [mass noun]: 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, soundtrack, comp; ripieno, obbligato, organum
  • 1.1A piece of music played as a complement or background to an activity: lush string accompaniments to romantic scenes in films we filed out to the accompaniment of the organ
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    • To the accompaniment of some of her favourite hymns and church music, more than 1,000 Yorkshire people gathered to express their gratitude yesterday for the life of the Queen Mother.
    • He delivers elegant chamber music accompaniments to this clever film.
    • To the accompaniment of vintage jazz records, the train chugs up and down the otherwise closed branch line from Arcady to Flaxfield Junction.
  • 2Something that supplements or complements something else: these biscuits are a lovely accompaniment to tea
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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.


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

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