[kuh m-poz-i-ter]


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
Related formscom·pos·i·to·ri·al [kuh m-poz-i-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /kəmˌpɒz ɪˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for compositor

typographer, publisher

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British Dictionary definitions for compositor



printing a person who sets and corrects type and generally assembles text and illustrations for printingSometimes shortened to: comp
Derived Formscompositorial (kəmˌpɒzɪˈtɔːrɪəl), adjective
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