[ kuh m-poh-zer ]
/ kəmˈpoʊ zər /


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

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British Dictionary definitions for composer


/ (kəmˈpəʊzə) /


a person who composes music
a person or machine that composes anything, esp type for printing
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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