au·​teur | \ō-ˈtər \

Definition of auteur 

1 : a film director whose practice accords with the auteur theory broadly : director sense c

2 : an artist (such as a musician or writer) whose style and practice are distinctive

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Other Words from auteur

auteurist \ -​ist \ adjective or noun

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Rault is an auteur, laying down gorgeous harmonies with his lead vocals and cutting out any trace of fat—these songs get the job done with little fuss. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Montreal pop auteur Michael Rault summons the spirit of 70 AM pop radio on It’s a New Day Tonight," 29 June 2018 But before that happens, the most meticulous auteur in cinema needs to sit down with co-creators Jason Schwartzman, Roman Coppola, and Kunichi Nomura to discuss Isle of Dogs, his most ambitious film yet. Anna Peele, GQ, "Wes Anderson and His Collaborators Talk Isle of Dogs and Pretending to Be Someone You’re Not," 23 Mar. 2018 This film, like the first Ant-Man (2015), was directed by Peyton Reed, one of the few American comedy auteurs still working today. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Ant-Man and the Wasp," 5 July 2018 What followed Wall-E weren’t only Pixar films like Toy Story 3 (2010), Inside Out (2015), and Coco (2017), which took full advantage of the widescreen approach and auteur driven cinematography. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Wall-E' References That Need to Be Revisited," 27 June 2018 Take total command of your video controls with Filmic Pro ($15), a favorite app of iPhone auteurs. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "Gadgets to Help You Shoot Pro-Quality Movies on Your iPhone," 1 July 2018 The Day After What a cinephile blessing to be living through the Hong Sang-soo renaissance, this current creative spout for the Korean auteur who’s been releasing multiple masterpieces a year. The Editors Of Gq, GQ, "The Best Movies of 2018 (So Far)," 19 June 2018 Having a game-changing film auteur like Lee as a guest at the Detroit convention is especially meaningful. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Spike Lee's Oscar-contending 'BlackKkKlansman' coming early to Detroit," 10 July 2018 Who else would cram together new-wave master Gary Numan, pop-rock auteur Cat Power, indie-pop darlings Bleachers, and Bay Area punk legends the Avengers? Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, "Music / Riot Fest Riot Fest announces its first wave of acts for 2018," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of auteur

1962, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for auteur

French, originator, author, from Old French autor, from Latin auctor — more at author

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