[uh-kuhm-puh-ni-muhnt, uh-kuhmp-ni-]
something incidental or added for ornament, symmetry, etc.
Music. a part in a composition designed to serve as background and support for more important parts.

1725–35; accompany + -ment

nonaccompaniment, noun Unabridged
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accompaniment (əˈkʌmpənɪmənt, əˈkʌmpnɪ-)
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 & History

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.
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Example sentences
During the quietest part of the second movement, a crow cawed in primal
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 table has a built-in amplifier and speakers, and even provides background
  accompaniment from its digital memory.
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