accompaniment /əˈkʌmp(ə)nɪm(ə)nt/


I. noun

1. a musical part which supports or partners an instrument, voice, or group

she sang to a guitar accompaniment
[ mass noun]
sonatas for piano with violin accompaniment.
2. a piece of music played as a complement or background to an activity

lush string accompaniments to romantic scenes in films
we filed out to the accompaniment of the organ.
3. something that supplements or complements something else

these biscuits are a lovely accompaniment to tea.
– origin early 18th cent.: from French accompagnement, from accompagner ‘accompany’.

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