Definitions for accompanimentəˈkʌm pə nɪ mənt, əˈkʌmp nɪ-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ac•com•pa•ni•mentəˈkʌm pə nɪ mənt, əˈkʌmp nɪ-(n.)

  1. something incidental or added for ornament, symmetry, etc.

  2. a musical part supporting and enhancing the principal part.

    Category: Music and Dance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. accompaniment, concomitant, attendant, co-occurrence(noun)

    an event or situation that happens at the same time as or in connection with another

  2. accompaniment, musical accompaniment, backup, support(noun)

    a musical part (vocal or instrumental) that supports or provides background for other musical parts

  3. complement, accompaniment(noun)

    something added to complete or embellish or make perfect

    "a fine wine is a perfect complement to the dinner"; "wild rice was served as an accompaniment to the main dish"

  4. escort, accompaniment(noun)

    the act of accompanying someone or something in order to protect them

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. accompaniment(noun)əˈkʌm pə nɪ mənt, əˈkʌmp nɪ-

    music played with a singer or with another instrument

    a song with violin accompaniment

  2. accompanimentəˈkʌm pə nɪ mənt, əˈkʌmp nɪ-

    food or drink to go with other food or drink

    Wine is a natural accompaniment to food.


  1. accompaniment(Noun)

    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.

  2. accompaniment(Noun)

    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.

  3. Origin: * First attested in 1744.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Accompaniment(noun)

    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

  2. Accompaniment(noun)

    a part performed by instruments, accompanying another part or parts performed by voices; the subordinate part, or parts, accompanying the voice or a principal instrument; also, the harmony of a figured bass


  1. Accompaniment

    In music, accompaniment is the art of playing along with an instrumental or vocal soloist or ensemble, often known as the lead, in a supporting manner. The accompaniment can be performed by a single performer — a pianist, organist, or guitarist — or it can be played by an entire ensemble, such as a symphony orchestra or string quartet, a backing band or rhythm section, or even a big band or organ trio. It may be considered the background to the foreground melody. The term accompaniment also describes the composed music, arrangement, or improvised performance that is played to back up the soloist. In most Classical styles, the accompaniment part is written by the composer and provided to the performers in the form of sheet music. In jazz and popular music, the backing band or rhythm section may improvise the accompaniment based on standard forms, as in the case of a small blues band or a jazz band playing a 12-bar blues progression, or the band may play from a written arrangement in a jazz big band or in a musical theater show.

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something that accompanies

I'll play the piano accompaniment while you sing.

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