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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By the early 2000s, Mel Gibson was a bona fide movie star/auteur at the top of his game. Constance Grady, Vox, "Mel Gibson has set the blueprint for a #MeToo comeback. Expect other men to follow it.," 24 July 2018 The gifted and eccentric actor/comedian/singer/auteur Donald Glover released a new music video this week under his nom de pop Childish Gambino. Ty Burr,, "Childish Gambino makes a serious statement with ‘This Is America’," 7 May 2018 The possibilities afforded by an instant-freeze assembly line are far more fascinating, and science-minded candy auteurs should take note. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Yes, we flew to Japan to watch someone pour liquid nitrogen on custom Kit Kats," 28 Oct. 2018 Unlike the French auteurs Robert Bresson, Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut and Louis Malle, Becker, who apprenticed for a decade with the great Jean Renoir, did not spring on the film scene fully formed. David Mermelstein, WSJ, "The Struggles of Jacques Becker," 1 Aug. 2018 Julien Christian Lutz), the music-video auteur known for his visually hypnotic work with artists including Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z and Rihanna, its gleeful ode to excess can also be strained and self-defeating. Justin Chang,, "'Superfly' is a flashy, violent and fitfully compelling remake of the 1972 blaxploitation hit," 12 June 2018 The Jackass auteur is back to his old death-defying, body-injuring tricks in his new ostensible comedy that (surprise) opened sans advance press screenings. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Action Point': Film Review," 1 June 2018 About a decade later, another auteur, this time David Lynch, succeeded where Jodorowsky failed. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Denis Villeneuve is remaking Dune, and that’s a good thing," 26 July 2018 What wasn't expected was auteur Cameron's lack of grace upon accepting the Best Director and Best Picture trophies. Larry Dobrow, Woman's Day, "10 Worst Award Acceptance Speeches," 25 Feb. 2013

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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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