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 author (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 The views expressed here are solely the author's own. Sara Stewart, CNN, 8 Jan. 2022 Pasted below are this author's results from today's puzzle, which was the 202nd edition of Wordle (hence the 202). Jay Cannon, USA TODAY, 8 Jan. 2022 The project is the first to go since Netflix acquired the Roald Dahl Story Company in fall 2021 in a blockbuster deal that gave the streamer rights to the author’s entire catalog. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Jan. 2022 Jeff Pearlman, a former sports writer for Sports Illustrated and author, questioned Warner's Hall of Fame credentials with a recent Twitter post. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 7 Jan. 2022 But the Charlottesville, Va., author experienced another layer of panic — the trepidation of squaring off against a medical establishment that often waved away the concerns of Black parents. Bethanne Patrick, Los Angeles Times, 7 Jan. 2022 Held in private hands for decades, these diaries and other heirlooms recently came into the author’s possession via a Rockwell family friend who, in turn, received them from Rockwell’s grandson. Jason Emerson, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Jan. 2022 The other is the process through which, gradually, the author came to understand what had happened to her great-grandfather’s collections and came to a deeper understanding of her family identity and heritage. Washington Post, 7 Jan. 2022 In 2015, while reports of the elderly author’s poor health and frail memory swarmed, the sequel Go Set a Watchman suddenly appeared. Nicole Acheampong, The Atlantic, 7 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While no one is likely to author a book of Buckisms, every Showalter press conference offers the promise of a full notebook and the better sense of the game so often delivered by Yogi Berra. Jerry Beach, Forbes, 1 Jan. 2022 Eventually, scribes graduated to pen and parchment, using feather quills to copy existing devotional texts or author their own. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Dec. 2021 There’s so many different ways in which we are being forced to exercise our own personal agency and author our ideology. Los Angeles Times, 14 Oct. 2021 With one flash to the inbounder, a quick dribble and a heave from 70 feet away that swished through the net like it was destined to be there all along, Moorman didn’t just author a remarkable upset over a Pac-12 team. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 13 Nov. 2021 The two men helped Patton to co-author a book about the LSE. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 25 Oct. 2021 Leopold Jacobson and Rudolf Bernauer would co-author a libretto based on Shaw’s work, set to the music of relatively unknown Viennese composer Oscar Straus. Gregg Opelka, WSJ, 21 Oct. 2021 George scored 16 of his 22 first-half points in the second quarter to author a stunning comeback that saw the Clippers lead 67-66 at halftime. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 21 Oct. 2021 For 34 years, Brewers fans wondered if the club would ever author another no-hitter, replicating the feat of Juan Nieves on April 15, 1987. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 Oct. 2021

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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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11 Jan 2022

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“Author.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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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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