Accompaniment definition

ə-kŭmpə-nē-mənt, ə-kŭmpnē-
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(music) A vocal or instrumental part that supports another, often solo, part.
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Anything that accompanies something else; thing added, usually for order or symmetry.
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Something, such as a situation, that accompanies something else; a concomitant.
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Something added for embellishment, completeness, or symmetry; complement.
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The definition of an accompaniment is an item that goes with something else, or a musical part intended to be played in support of the other parts of the piece.

An example of an accompaniment would be a small edible garnish included with an entree.

An example of musical accompaniment would be a guitar piece that supports a vocalist.

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(music) A part, usually performed by instruments, that gives support or adds to the background in music, or adds for ornamentation; also, the harmony of a figured bass.
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That which accompanies; something that attends as a circumstance, or which is added to give greater completeness to the principal thing, or by way of ornament, or for the sake of symmetry.
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(music) A part, usually instrumental, performed together with the main part for richer effect.

The piano accompaniment to a song.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
accompaniment
Plural:
accompaniments

Origin of accompaniment

  • accompany +‎ -ment

    From Wiktionary

  • First attested in 1744.

    From Wiktionary