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author

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noun au·thor \ˈȯ-thər\

Simple Definition of author

  • : a person who has written something; especially : a person who has written a book or who writes many books

  • : a person who starts or creates something (such as a plan or idea)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of author

  1. 1 a :  one that originates or creates :  source <software authors> <film authors> <the author of this crime> b capitalized :  god 1

  2. 2 :  the writer of a literary work (as a book)

authorial

play \ȯ-ˈthȯr-ē-əl\ adjective

Examples of author in a sentence

  1. The author of the article didn't check his facts.

  2. I enjoyed the book, but I can't remember the name of the author.

  3. She is the author of a plan for reforming the school system.



Origin and Etymology of author

Middle English auctour, from Anglo-French auctor, autor, from Latin auctor promoter, originator, author, from augēre to increase — more at eke


First Known Use: 14th century


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author

verb au·thor

Simple Definition of author

  • : to be the author of (something, such as a book)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of author

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to be the author of :  write <has authored several books>

Examples of author in a sentence

  1. <authored a new biography of Thomas Jefferson>



1596

First Known Use of author

1596


AUTHOR Defined for Kids

author

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noun au·thor \ˈȯ-thər\

Definition of author for Students

  1. :  a person who writes something (as a novel)





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