drum·​mer | \ˈdrə-mər \

Definition of drummer 

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

Examples of drummer in a Sentence

The band got a new drummer.

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Could this drummer, a Guggenheim fellow who helped define percussion's role in free jazz, really also be an expert in martial arts, acupuncture and cardiac health? John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Milford Graves: Full Mantis': Film Review," 11 July 2018 At the time, drummers were a luxury that only successful western swing bands could afford. Randall Roberts, latimes.com, "Elvis Presley's drummer D.J. Fontana set the beat for rock 'n' roll's future," 15 June 2018 In its early days, the band played mostly the country music circuit, where guitars, mandolins and fiddles dominated and drummers were generally shunned. Kurt Gottschalk, New York Times, "D.J. Fontana, 87, Elvis Presley’s Longtime Drummer, Is Dead," 14 June 2018 Seifart asked five drummers to play scores of messages, including the waking up message; the message of return; and the message that went out like clockwork every afternoon, asking for coca leaves for the chief. Catherine Matacic, Science | AAAS, "If you listen closely, the drumbeats of Amazonian tribes sound like human speech," 24 Apr. 2018 Zac Brown Band includes drummer Chris Fryar, a Birmingham native who lives in the Gardendale/Mount Olive area. Mary Colurso, AL.com, "Billboard Music Awards 2018: Nominees include Sam Hunt, Lionel Richie, Florida Georgia Line," 17 Apr. 2018 At the Accra Mall in Ghana, drummers came in beating out rhythms that heightened the crowd’s enthusiasm. Chika Oduah, The Root, "Audiences Across Africa Hail Black Panther for Humanizing Black Characters," 20 Feb. 2018 This group’s stunning cohesion owes to longevity: Mr. Tidd and drummer Sean Rickman have played with Mr. Coleman for more than 20 years; guitarist Miles Okazaki, for nearly a decade; trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, now 36, joined half his life ago. Larry Blumenfeld, WSJ, "‘Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. I (The Embedded Sets)’ by Steve Coleman Review: The Complex Made Accessible," 20 Aug. 2018 The basic concept: Coachella became a pep rally for Beyoncé’s imagined black college or university, with scores of horn players and drummers summoning a ruckus from bleachers behind her. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Beyoncé Masters the Fierceness of Crowds," 16 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of drummer

1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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