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[uh-kuhm-puh-nist, uh-kuhmp-nist] /əˈkʌm pə nɪst, əˈkʌmp nɪst/
Music. a person who plays an accompaniment.
Also, accompanyist.
Origin of accompanist
1825-35; accompan(y) + -ist Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for accompanist
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  • After this I work with the accompanist who comes to me every morning.

    Vocal Mastery Harriette Brower
  • Then, turning, he laid a kindly hand on the arm of his accompanist.

    The Dominant Strain Anna Chapin Ray
  • Remenyi, on his side, saw the advantage of having such an accompanist for his own use.

  • I like Arlt, and for weeks I had been trying to get him as accompanist, so I gained by the affair.

    The Dominant Strain Anna Chapin Ray
  • When Carlotta Patti visited the Pacific coast she especially engaged him to act as her accompanist for her concert tour.

    Sixty Years of California Song Margaret Blake-Alverson
  • Harris is most widely known as an accompanist, and is one of the best in the country.

  • He hoped again that Mrs. Condor's desire to see him had to do with Claire—more particularly with her dismissal as accompanist.

    The Blood Red Dawn Charles Caldwell Dobie
  • There is only one accompanist in the world for me, and I want her for life.

    The Merryweathers Laura E. Richards
  • He pleased himself by acting as accompanist to the distinguished cantatrice, whose programme included a number of his songs.

  • Eckstein is a master, of course, but a necessary evil as an accompanist.

    The King of Diamonds Louis Tracy
British Dictionary definitions for accompanist


/əˈkʌmpənɪst; əˈkʌmpnɪst/
a person who plays a musical accompaniment for another performer, esp a pianist accompanying a singer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for accompanist

"performer who takes the accompanying part in music," 1833, from accompany + -ist. Fowler prefers accompanyist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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