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composer

[kuh m-poh-zer] /kəmˈpoʊ zər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that composes.
2.
a person who writes music.
3.
an author.
Origin of composer
1555-1565
First recorded in 1555-65; compose + -er1
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  • The contract, however, seems not to have been carried out by the composer.

    Handel Edward J. Dent
  • But such a supposition is only a compliment to the skill of the composer.

    Bunyan

    James Anthony Froude
  • I marvel at the invention of the composer and the skill of the player, but there I cease.

    The Fifth String
     
     

    John Philip Sousa
  • He confessed to me that Schumann was no composer, a talented improviser only.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • The newspapers printed columns about the composer and his strange career.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for composer

composer

/kəmˈpəʊzə/
noun
1.
a person who composes music
2.
a person or machine that composes anything, esp type for printing
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Word Origin and History for composer
n.

"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.

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