[kuh m-poh-zer]


a person or thing that composes.
a person who writes music.
an author.

Origin of composer

First recorded in 1555–65; compose + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for composer

Contemporary Examples of composer

Historical Examples of composer

  • The contract, however, seems not to have been carried out by the composer.


    Edward J. Dent

  • But such a supposition is only a compliment to the skill of the composer.


    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.


    James Huneker

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


    James Huneker

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 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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