auteur

noun
au·​teur | \ ō-ˈtu̇r How to pronounce auteur (audio) , -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

Other Words from auteur

auteurist \ ō-​ˈtər-​ist How to pronounce auteur (audio) \ adjective or noun

Examples of auteur in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The thematic triumph of the auteur’s seventh album is this union of the extraordinary and the earthly across it, a duality that lives on the dancefloors Renaissance was inspired by—and in all of us. Mankaprr Conteh, Rolling Stone, 2 Aug. 2022 And with another grandchild on the way, new memories are already being made—thanks to the cinematic vision of a true design auteur. David Nash, ELLE Decor, 23 June 2022 The most poignant objector to TikTok pressures may be FKA Twigs, an experimentalist in the vein of the MTV auteur Björk. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 15 June 2022 The brand’s autumn/winter 2022 collection – aptly titled Exquisite – featured a surprising collaboration with Adidas, while its campaign and accompanying film is an ode to legendary auteur Stanley Kubrick’s body of work. Alex Kessler, Vogue, 25 Aug. 2022 Von Trotta’s work has often been compared with that of Swedish auteur Ingmar Bergman, a director von Trotta explored in her 2018 documentary Searching for Ingmar Bergman. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Aug. 2022 Cambodian auteur Rithy Panh has rejoined the jury that will decide the prizes for Cannes Film Festival’s inaugural TikTok short film competition. Patrick Frater, Variety, 20 May 2022 In 1991, celebrated Indian auteur Satyajit Ray was awarded an honorary Oscar. Jen Yamato, Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2022 Although regarded as a ‘political filmmaker,’ Costa-Gavras is first and foremost a remarkable auteur, gifted with an extraordinary sense of form and style. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 June 2022 See More

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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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16 Sep 2022

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“Auteur.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/auteur. Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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