au·​thor | \ ˈȯ-thər How to pronounce author (audio) \

Definition of author

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the writer of a literary work (such as a book) a famous author
2a : one that originates or creates something : source software authors film authors the author of this crime
b capitalized : god sense 1


authored; authoring; authors

Definition of author (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to be the author of : write a writer who has authored several best sellers

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authorial \ ȯ-​ˈthȯr-​ē-​əl How to pronounce authorial (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for author

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of author in a Sentence

Noun The author of the article didn't check his facts. I enjoyed the book, but I can't remember the name of the author. She is the author of a plan for reforming the school system. Verb authored a new biography of Thomas Jefferson
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This may be the first time such bacteria have been found in wild mammal nests, says microbial ecologist Megan Thoemmes, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, San Diego, and lead author of a new study. Stephenie Livingston, Science | AAAS, "Florida woodrat nests are laced with antibiotic-producing bacteria," 15 Sep. 2020 But Mrema and lead author David Cooper said the world should think about a different poster animal: humans. Star Tribune, "World isn't meeting biodiversity goals, UN report finds," 15 Sep. 2020 On Thursday, author Caroline Moss tweeted a screenshot of the original caption and the Instagram post, criticizing LeClair. Ann W. Schmidt, Fox News, "California woman blasted online for wearing orange dress in beach photos during the West Coast wildfires," 12 Sep. 2020 All that cooking was for a recent Taste story on how to make enchiladas — and enchilada sauces — at home, featuring guidance on the topic from San Antonio restaurateur and cookbook author Cappy Lawton. Paul Stephen,, "Paul’s Cooking Tips: Why you need a reversible stovetop cast-iron griddle, a do-everything tool in the kitchen," 12 Sep. 2020 Michael Lazar, a research scientist at the University of Haifa’s department of marine geosciences and lead author of the PLoS One paper, had visited Tel Kabri in 2013 when the team first uncovered a storage room for wine. Kristin Romey, National Geographic, "A Canaanite palace was abandoned 3,700 years ago. Archaeologists finally know why.," 11 Sep. 2020 Craig Garthwaite, lead author of the study, told CNN the amount of money in sports has increased exponentially, in some cases nearly doubling over the past 10 years. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, "Affluent White student-athletes are profiting from the labor of their poor Black peers, study says," 8 Sep. 2020 GoT might have gotten away with barely having any people of colour in Westeros, but The Three-Body Problem is grounded in Chinese history and was written by a Chinese author. Ineye Komonibo,, "The Game Of Thrones Creators Have Substituted Dragons For Aliens In New Netflix Series," 2 Sep. 2020 The last time two storms ranged through the Gulf at the same time was 1959, said Phil Klotzbach, lead author of the Colorado State University seasonal hurricane forecast. Max Zimmerman,, "Twin Storms Head to Gulf of Mexico as Oil Workers Evacuated," 21 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb President Trump, explaining to author Bob Woodward his chemistry with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "President Trump loves the military, just not its leaders, according to Woodward’s book," 10 Sep. 2020 Trump said it to author Bob Woodward’s tape machine. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: Nope, I'm not writing about the long odds facing Joe Burrow this year," 10 Sep. 2020 Scowcroft’s fingerprints were all over Bush’s foreign policy — so much so that Bush decided to co-author his memoirs with his national security adviser. Ivo Daalder Chicago Tribune (tns), Star Tribune, "Remembering Brent Scowcroft, the model national security adviser," 14 Aug. 2020 Still, his effort just to author one far-fetched comeback after another left his team impressed with his clutch disposition. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Donovan Mitchell’s clutch heroics keep Utah Jazz coming back in loss to Denver," 9 Aug. 2020 That's what happened to author Sarah Lyu, whose book club met locally until recently. Ashley Leath, Country Living, "How to Host a Virtual Book Club," 3 Apr. 2020 Kumar, who helped author the report, attributes Texas’ resiliency to its diversified economy. Dom Difurio, Dallas News, "Texas sees first drop in jobless rate since pandemic lockdowns began in March," 19 June 2020 Also included is legislation co-authored by Fremont Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna to change the national standard for police use of deadly force to require that officers’ actions be necessary to subdue a suspect. Tal Kopan,, "Bay Area lawmakers have big hand in shaping Democrats’ police reform legislation," 8 June 2020 Advocates are urging legislation authored by Sen. Sherrod Brown, which would provide $100 billion in emergency rental assistance during the pandemic, be passed. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland, "Black Clevelanders say diverse demonstration feels like progress: The Wake Up for Monday, June 8, 2020," 8 June 2020

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First Known Use of author


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a


1597, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for author

Noun and Verb

Middle English auctour, from Anglo-French auctor, autor, from Latin auctor promoter, originator, author, from augēre to increase — more at eke

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The first known use of author was in the 14th century

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19 Sep 2020

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“Author.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of author

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who has written something especially : a person who has written a book or who writes many books
: a person who starts or creates something (such as a plan or idea)



English Language Learners Definition of author (Entry 2 of 2)

: to be the author of (something, such as a book)


au·​thor | \ ˈȯ-thər How to pronounce author (audio) \

Kids Definition of author

: a person who writes something (as a novel)

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