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[kuh m-poz-i-ter] /kəmˈpɒz ɪ tər/
a person who sets the type or text for printing.
Origin of compositor
1325-75 for earlier sense “referee, arbiter”; 1560-70 for current sense; Middle English < Latin: one who composes, equivalent to composi-, variant stem of compōnere (see component, composite) + -tor -tor
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[kuh m-poz-i-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /kəmˌpɒz ɪˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
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  • Either method allows the cone splitter to function as both a splitter and compositor.
  • Ferry worked in the newspaper trade as a printer and compositor.
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  • He took the place of compositor and was thus en gaged for two years.
British Dictionary definitions for compositor


(printing) a person who sets and corrects type and generally assembles text and illustrations for printing Sometimes shortened to comp
Derived Forms
compositorial (kəmˌpɒzɪˈtɔːrɪəl) adjective
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