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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun accompaniment:


Accompaniment is a member of the word family accompany, included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun accompaniment

What does accompaniment mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: accompaniments

  1. an event or situation that happens at the same time as or in connection with another
  2. a musical part (vocal or instrumental) that supports or provides background for other musical parts
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of accompaniment: backup / musical accompaniment / support
    • more generic words: part / voice = the melody carried by a particular voice or instrument in polyphonic music
    • more specific words:
      • descant / discant = a decorative musical accompaniment (often improvised) added above a basic melody
      • vamp = an improvised musical accompaniment
  3. something added to complete or embellish or make perfect
    • example: wild rice was served as an accompaniment to the main dish
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of accompaniment: complement
    • more generic word: adjunct = something added to another thing but not an essential part of it
  4. the act of accompanying someone or something in order to protect them
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of accompaniment: escort
    • more generic word: protection = the activity of protecting someone or something
    • more specific word: convoy = the act of escorting while in transit

Alternative definition of the noun accompaniment


  1. That which gives support or adds to the background in music, or adds for ornamentation.
  2. That which accompanies; something that attends as a circumstance, or which is added to give greater completeness to the principal thing, or by way of ornament, or for the sake of symmetry.
  3. [music] A part performed by instruments, accompanying another part or parts performed by voices; the subordinate part, or parts, accompanying the voice or a principal instrument; also, the harmony of a figured bass.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Accompaniment

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Google previewThe Musical Times (1918)

1, 'Of Pan we sing,' is a spirited trio, varied with solos for the parts in turn, and the accompaniment is a great feature.

of the form, the voice-parts flow along most rnelodically, and the independent pianoforte accompaniment is an added grace.

Google previewDance Production (2015)

Design and Technology by Jeromy Hopgood

Accompaniment is the function of sound design that refers to the use of music or sound to complement the dance performance—supporting, or partnering with, the dancer. Though accompaniment is most often thought of as live musicians ...

Google previewThe Broadway Song (2015)

A Singer's Guide by Mark Ross Clark

The accompaniment is a steady, sustained wholenote support in the treble, with a rhythmic pattern of dottedquarternote and eighthnote rhythms. After two phrases of the melody at the lower pitch level, between low B and Fsharp at the low end ...

Google previewThe Musical World (1845)

The accompaniment is a well- conducted flow of chords dispersed into triplets, involving some new and beautiful harmony. The third, " Cottage fair," is a charmingly fresh melody, in G major, ...

Google previewThe Harvard Concise Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1999)

by Don Michael Randel

Accompaniment bass accompaniment, but rather coexisted with it for several decades. Accompaniment. The musical background for a principal part or parts. This term is used in two somewhat different ways, one referring to manner of ...

Google previewStokes' Encyclopedia of Music and Musicians (1909)

Covering the Entire Period of Musical History from the Earliest Times to the Season of 1908-09 by Leander Jan Bekker

For three Solo Voices, Chorus, and small Orchestra; Two Arias for a Bass Voice with Orchestral Accompaniment; Two Arias to Ignaz Umlauf's Opera "Die schone Schusterin " ; Aria, " Primo amore pi- acer del del," for Soprano with Orchestral ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Musicians from the Earliest Ages to the Present Time (1827)

Comprising the Most Important Biographical Contents of the Works of Gerber, Choron ... Together with Upwards of a Hundred Original Memoirs of the Most Eminent Living Musicians; and a Summary of the History of Music

" Six Sonatas, with Flute or Violin Accompaniment."— A. " Six Sonatas, with Flute or Violin Accompaniment," dedicated to Mrs. Phillips. — 5. " Piano-forte Duet." — 6. "Three Sonatas, Violin and Violoncello Duets," dedicated to Mrs. Chinnery.

Google previewDictionary of musicians from the earliest times to the present (1827)

and a summary of the history of music

" Six Sonatas, with Flute or Violin Accompaniment." — 4. " Six Sonatas, with Flute or Violin Accompaniment," dedicated to Mrs. Phillips. — 5. " Piano-forte Duet" — 6. "Three Sonatas, Violin and Violoncello Duets," dedicated to Mrs. Chinnery.

Google previewTheological Dictionary of the Old Testament (1977)

by G. Johannes Botterweck, Helmer Ringgren

The verb zamaru in all stems refers to the action of singing, with or without instrumental accompaniment.5 The G stem represents this action as casual, the D stem probably as habitual or even professional.6 As derivatives we find the nouns ...

Google previewAlfred's Chord Fingering Dictionary (2005)

Learn How to Play Guitar Chords by Alfred d'Auberge, Morton Manus


Google previewThe Encyclopaedia Britannica Or Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General Literature (1842)

Accompaniment. Organ and formed, and never left to be guessed at by the organist Music through the puzzling and uncertain signs of a mere figured M symphony for a grand Orchestra, formed entirely from the preceding counterpoint. "l Reicha ...

Google previewThe NPR Listener's Encyclopedia of Classical Music (2006)

by Theodore Libbey

To be sung without instrumental accompaniment. accelerando (It.) Becoming faster. A particularly ...

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In Christ Alone- with sign language and piano accompaniment

Quotes about Accompaniment

In poetic language, in which the sign as such takes on an autonomous value, this sound symbolism becomes an actual factor and creates a sort of accompaniment to the signified. (Roman Jakobson)
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Scrabble value of A1C3C3O1M3P3A1N1I1M3E1N1T1

The value of this 13-letter word is 23 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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