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accompaniment (n.)

1744 in music (1731 as a term in heraldry), from French accompagnement (13c.), from accompagner (see accompany).

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Definitions of accompaniment from WordNet

accompaniment (n.)
an event or situation that happens at the same time as or in connection with another;
Synonyms: concomitant / attendant / co-occurrence
accompaniment (n.)
a musical part (vocal or instrumental) that supports or provides background for other musical parts;
Synonyms: musical accompaniment / backup / support
accompaniment (n.)
something added to complete or embellish or make perfect;
wild rice was served as an accompaniment to the main dish
Synonyms: complement
accompaniment (n.)
the act of accompanying someone or something in order to protect them;
Synonyms: escort
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