noun au·teur \ō-ˈtər\

Definition of auteur

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

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


play \-ist\ adjective or noun

Origin and Etymology of auteur

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

First Known Use: 1962

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