early 15c., "to be in company with," from Old French acompaignier "take as a companion" (12c., Modern French accompagner), from à "to" (see ad-) + compaignier, from compaign (see companion). The musical meaning "play or sing along with" is by 1570s. Related: Accompanied; accompanying.
updated on September 13, 2022
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