au·​teur | \ ō-ˈtər How to pronounce auteur (audio) \

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 How to pronounce auteurist (audio) \ adjective or noun

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Magazine As a teenager, Dan had a memorable encounter with one of the pricklier architectural auteurs of the modern era: Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, better known as Le Corbusier. Sarah Medford, WSJ, "Daniel and Estrellita Brodsky Dreamed of a Modern Home in a Pastoral Setting," 11 Dec. 2018 For nearly a century, the Maid of Orléans has fascinated auteurs. Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, "4 Film Series to Catch in NYC This Weekend," 5 Apr. 2018 Jordan Peele was best known as a comedian and co-host of the sketch show Key & Peele until his Oscar-winning debut, Get Out, transformed him into a horror auteur and social critic. Kristina O’neill, WSJ, "WSJ. Magazine Editor’s Letter: Culture Club," 7 Mar. 2019 But unlike the New Wave’s auteurs, Renoir (1894-1979) had his doubts about cinema’s importance. Jason Farago, New York Times, "Dad Left a Big Impression: The Renoir Family Inheritance," 30 May 2018 Who will win: Roma’s Alfonso Cuarón, the auteur with whom the Academy has a longtime love affair (Y Tu Mamá Tambien, Children of Men, Gravity). Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Who Should Win at the Oscars vs. Who Will Win," 20 Feb. 2019 Accordingly, the books included in this year’s guide have something for everyone, from dog lovers to garden enthusiasts; from American art legends to cinematic auteurs; even a window into North Korea. Emily Rosser, Vogue, "The Best Photo Books to Give (and Get) This Holiday Season," 23 Nov. 2018 Dafoe has worked with scores of the most important directors in the industry, collaborating repeatedly with auteurs like Lars Von Trier, Paul Schrader, and Wes Anderson. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "How Willem Dafoe learned to paint like Vincent Van Gogh," 14 Nov. 2018 Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, and it’s directed by auteur Stanley Kubrick. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The Best '80s Horror Movies That Are Still Terrifying Today," 23 Oct. 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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The first known use of auteur was in 1962

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