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Definition of accompaniment noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    accompaniment

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    noun
    BrE BrE//əˈkʌmpənimənt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈkʌmpənimənt//
     
     
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  1. 1 [countable, uncountable] accompaniment (to something) music that is played to support singing or another instrument traditional songs with piano accompaniment
  2. 2[countable] accompaniment (to something) something that you eat, drink or use together with something else The wine makes a good accompaniment to fish dishes.
  3. 3[countable] accompaniment (to something) (formal) something that happens at the same time as another thing High blood pressure is a common accompaniment to this disease.
  4. Word Origin early 18th cent.: from French accompagnement, from accompagner ‘accompany’.Extra examples She sang to the accompaniment of a guitar. The sun was back, with its accompaniment of dust and flies. The women’s medical school opened in 1874, to the accompaniment of much ridicule of ‘lady doctors’. These wines also make a good accompaniment for vegetarian dishes. the market, with its inevitable accompaniment of bustle and noiseIdioms
      to the accompaniment of something
       
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    1. 1while a musical instrument is being played They performed to the accompaniment of guitars.
    2. 2while something else is happening She made her speech to the accompaniment of loud laughter.
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