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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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British Dictionary definitions for accompaniments

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 accompaniments

accompaniment

n.

1744, from French accompagnement (13c.), from accompagner (see accompany). Musical sense is earliest.

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