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

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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 Out of Sight, 1999 Cheadle's longtime relationship with another auteur started with a simple request: Help with a reading of Steven Soderbergh's Out of Sight at producer Danny DeVito's house. Derek Lawrence,, 14 July 2021 It’s for Memoria, the English-language debut of Thai auteur Apichatpong Weerasethakul, which released its trailer ahead of a July 15 Cannes premiere. Justin Curto, Vulture, 12 July 2021 Klaus Kinski takes another turn playing the madman for director Werner Herzog in the German auteur’s epic 1982 drama about a rubber baron on a Sisyphean mission to build an opera house in the middle of the Amazon jungle. Los Angeles Times, 9 July 2021 Australian auteur Cate Shortland entered the world of billion-dollar cinematic Spandex with a unique eye. Washington Post, 29 June 2021 The catapult was Frantz by prolific French auteur François Ozon, who, judging by his feature-a-year filmography, never seems to stop working. Jack King, Vulture, 7 June 2021 Oskar Roehler’s Enfant Terrible makes hay of the late German auteur’s insane, cruel antics. Kyle Smith, National Review, 10 May 2021 Another Round’s Thomas Vinterberg was the latest European auteur to sneak into the Best Director category, making his binge-drinking dramedy an easy pick here. Nate Jones, Vulture, 23 Apr. 2021 Everyone’s favorite pianist-auteur-comedian is back, almost. Anne Victoria Clark, Vulture, 21 May 2021

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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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18 Jul 2021

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“Auteur.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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