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accompaniment

[uh-kuhm-puh-ni-muh nt, uh-kuhmp-ni-] /əˈkʌm pə nɪ mənt, əˈkʌmp nɪ-/
noun
1.
something incidental or added for ornament, symmetry, etc.
2.
Music. a part in a composition designed to serve as background and support for more important parts.
Origin
1725-1735
1725-35; accompany + -ment
Related forms
nonaccompaniment, noun
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Examples for accompaniment
  • During the quietest part of the second movement, a crow cawed in primal accompaniment.
  • The accompaniment for it blended recorded music with live music by the company's chorus and instrumentalists.
  • The crowd stood and sang in accompaniment to the music.
  • The long jump was performed with weights, to the accompaniment of flute music.
  • In our music, accompaniment to singing does not mean a harmonic background to vocal melody, but a partnership in patterns.
  • The personalized service is a great accompaniment to exciting live music.
  • accompaniment is an important part of the flatfoot dance.
  • The table has a built-in amplifier and speakers, and even provides background accompaniment from its digital memory.
  • It may mark the recurrence of a period of increased sun spots, with the invariable accompaniment of increased solar radiation.
  • Chill, if desired, and serve as an appetizer with tortilla chips or as a topping or accompaniment for any dish.
British Dictionary definitions for accompaniment

accompaniment

/əˈkʌmpənɪmənt; əˈkʌmpnɪ-/
noun
1.
something that accompanies or is served or used with something else
2.
something inessential or subsidiary that is added, as for ornament or symmetry
3.
(music) a subordinate part for an instrument, voices, or an orchestra
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Word Origin and History for accompaniment
accompaniment
1744, from Fr. accompagnement (13c.), from accompagner (see accompany). Musical sense is earliest. First record of accompanist "performer who takes the accompanying part in music" is from 1833.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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