Etymology
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composer (n.)

1590s, "one who writes and arranges musical pieces," 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.

updated on February 16, 2018

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Definitions of composer from WordNet

composer (n.)
someone who composes music as a profession;
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.