drum·​mer | \ ˈdrə-mər How to pronounce drummer (audio) \

Definition of drummer

1 : one that plays a drum sometimes used figuratively in phrases denoting unconventional thought or actionmarch to a different drummer

Examples of drummer in a Sentence

The band got a new drummer.
Recent Examples on the Web Prior to studies at the Vanderbilt University School of Law, Fleet worked as a professional drummer. al, "Mobile attorney picked as executive VP for music giant iHeartMedia," 17 Dec. 2020 Anton Kot Trio, led by a drummer who’s also an accomplished pianist. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "Virtual 2021 Baby Grand Jazz lineup at Hartford Library ranges from traditional to modern," 11 Dec. 2020 As a drummer in bands, the drums are the first thing to be recorded. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ilan Rubin on Nine Inch Nails, Angels & Airwaves and his latest solo music as The New Regime," 8 Dec. 2020 Sorey, a remarkable and unclassifiable figure in contemporary American music, first established himself as an avant-garde-leaning jazz drummer and has more recently built up a compelling portfolio of works for classical ensembles. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "What Does It Mean to “Reimagine” an Orchestra Season?," 30 Nov. 2020 At the rehab facility, our drummer goes through the difficult process of rebuilding his life. Mark Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Review: A punk drummer's life upended in 'Sound of Metal'," 17 Nov. 2020 Andrew’s son Jerome Jackson started off as the drummer and is now a lead singer who writes much of the original material. Keith Spera, NOLA.com, "Two surviving Jackson brothers keep gospel group the Rocks of Harmony going after 70 years," 12 Nov. 2020 Ford’s brother, Frank Ford, is the band’s drummer Frank Ford. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Top Huntsville arts/entertainment picks for the week," 16 Dec. 2020 One phone call, from drummer Ringo Garza of Los Lonely Boys, was particularly emotional. Hector Saldana, ExpressNews.com, "‘It’s not going to beat me’: San Antonio musician Max Baca relied on prayer, friends while hospitalized with COVID-19," 9 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of drummer

1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of drummer was in 1574

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8 Jan 2021

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“Drummer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drummer. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of drummer

: a person who plays a drum or a set of drums

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