Accompaniment



something incidental or added for ornament, symmetry, etc.
Music. a part in a composition designed to serve as background and support for more important parts.
Contemporary Examples

A dense and stringy fruit, it needs the accompaniment of a lot of sugar and spices before it becomes particularly palatable.
Yes, Some of US Really Like Pumpkin Megan McArdle October 16, 2012

Like many battle raps, the Total Slaughter battle is organized into three rounds with no accompaniment.
America’s Poets: Battle Rap Gets Real Rich Goldstein July 14, 2014

Landays may be read, but true to their roots in oral tradition, they are frequently sung, sometimes with a drum for accompaniment.
Beauty and Subversion in the Secret Poems of Afghan Women Daniel Bosch April 5, 2014

Historical Examples

I asked, not finding that entertainment to the accompaniment of sabre-blows so glorious.
Debts of Honor Maurus Jkai

All this he did, methodically, and with as loud and harsh an accompaniment of noise as he could make.
A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens

I mean in what mood and with what accompaniment do you like the sea best?
Letters of John Keats to His Family and Friends John Keats

They might have been read to an accompaniment of fife and drums.
An Orkney Maid Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

Musical readers will remember that melody and accompaniment are used again in the duet Sonata in G major.
The Life of Johannes Brahms (Vol 2 of 2) Florence May

He will get drunk, too, like men of other nations, but he will do it to the accompaniment of music.
A Bride of the Plains Baroness Emmuska Orczy

The significance of the theme should indicate the nature of the accompaniment.
The Head Voice and Other Problems D. A. Clippinger

noun
something that accompanies or is served or used with something else
something inessential or subsidiary that is added, as for ornament or symmetry
(music) a subordinate part for an instrument, voices, or an orchestra
n.

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

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