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[kuh m-poh-zer] /kəmˈpoʊ zər/
a person or thing that composes.
a person who writes music.
an author.
Origin of composer
1555-65; compose + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for composer
  • To find the difference between a composer and a songwriter, check the definitions of each word.
  • It was clear from my end that his friend had never heard of the composer he was writing about.
  • The composer constructs a situation on the board that is theoretically possible, although often highly improbable.
  • The brilliant court composer and musician is not here to witness this evening's festivities.
  • Someone who arranges, creates and writes music for interpretation and performance is a composer.
  • Career choice in an alternative universe: music composer.
  • Keen on taking liberties, he became a jazz composer.
  • He dictated the melody to a composer and can't understand why this version sounds different.
  • Additionally, some of the files are scans of the original composer's handwritten copy.
  • Fidelity demanded of performers a genuine sympathy with the composer's style.
British Dictionary definitions for composer


a person who composes music
a person or machine that composes anything, esp type for printing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for composer

"one who writes and arranges music," 1590s, agent noun from compose. Used in general sense of "one who combines into a whole" from 1640s, but the music sense remains the predominant one.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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