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 auteurist (audio) \ adjective or noun

Examples of auteur in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Alongside the cast of unknowns, actor and auteur Mathieu Amalric makes a cameo as a motorcycle repairman who harbors what seems to be unusual healing powers. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, "'A Beautiful Summer' ('Le Bel été'): Film Review," 22 July 2019 The buyers want Cahiers to recover its central place in the community of French auteur cinema. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "What’s at Stake in the Takeover of Cahiers du Cinéma," 6 Mar. 2020 In hindsight, the series presaged what would come to be a new gold standard for television: big budgets, A-list talent and an auteur creator — in this case Steven Spielberg, whose Amblin Entertainment spent up to $1 million per half-hour episode. Simon Abrams, New York Times, "Why Was ‘Amazing Stories’ Rebooted? These 7 Episodes Help Explain," 6 Mar. 2020 This is as much a reflection of auteur sensibility as FX on Hulu's upcoming Devs, and that's saying something. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Better Things' Season 4: TV Review," 4 Mar. 2020 The 56-year-old is known for his auteur-like approach to designing video games, creating visually rich games like the Metal Gear series and Snatcher. Amrita Khalid, Quartz, "Why do studios release such long video games?," 22 Jan. 2020 The next subject: director, producer and auteur Michel Gondry. Washington Post, "17 things to do in the D.C. area this week," 11 Nov. 2019 So why would one of film’s leading auteurs devote his career to what most view as a technological trifle? Andrew R. Chow, Time, "Gemini Man Director Ang Lee Wants to Change the Way We See Movies," 10 Oct. 2019 Such publications appeal to readers’ interest in auteurs, drawing a line between an artist’s everyday life and their work. R.d.v., The Economist, "Why does anyone care what famous artists ate?," 6 Sep. 2019

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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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31 Mar 2020

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“Auteur.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Apr. 2020.

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