author

noun
au·​thor | \ˈȯ-thər \

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

author

verb
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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Other Words from author

Noun

authorial \ ȯ-​ˈthȯr-​ē-​əl \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for author

Synonyms: Noun

litterateur (or littérateur), pen, penman, scribe, scrivener, writer

Synonyms: Verb

pen, scratch (out), scribble, write

Antonyms: Noun

nonauthor

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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

After examining 31 years of narcissism research that included 470,846 participants, the study authors concluded that, on average, men were more likely to exhibit narcissistic traits such as entitlement and a quest for power. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "9 Facts to Know About Narcissistic Personality Disorder Before Calling Someone a Narcissist," 8 Nov. 2018 Elizabeth Gillespie McRae, historian and author of Mothers of Massive Resistance: White Women and the Politics of White Supremacy, tells Vogue. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Why Do White Women Keep Voting for the GOP and Against Their Own Interests?," 8 Nov. 2018 This year’s lucky plus one is supermodel, cookbook author, and now Target queen, Chrissy Teigen. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Ellen DeGeneres Just Released Her Annual Haunted House Video and We're Screaming," 25 Oct. 2018 The problem is that there aren't that many that naturally contain vitamin D, says Toby Amidor, M.S., R.D., author of Smart Meal Prep For Beginners. Amy Capetta, Woman's Day, "What Is Vitamin D Good For Anyway?," 19 Oct. 2018 The authors concluded different policy responses may be needed to address rising industry concentration owing to the different properties of intangible capital. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "How ‘Intangible Capital’ Explains Rising Corporate Concentration, Weak Investment," 24 Aug. 2018 Ben-Shaanan and Technion MD-PhD student Maya Schiller are co-lead authors on the new study. Esther Landhuis, Scientific American, "Could Brain Stimulation Slow Cancer?," 13 July 2018 NYT Author Bestselling author Mary Monrose, noon-1:30 p.m. African American Research Library & Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd. Mary Lou Cruz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Fort Lauderdale area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 Lawrence Wright, the New Yorker writer and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, investigates, as well. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, "Review: Documentary explores a dark family reunion," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The film is based off the best-selling novel of the same name, which is authored by W. Bruce Cameron—who also wrote A Dog's Purpose. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "The 'A Dog's Way Home' Trailer Will Make You Ugly Cry," 16 Oct. 2018 The study, co-authored with Coumou, was published in the journal Scientific Reports in 2017. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Hurricanes stalling like Florence over the Carolinas may get even more common," 15 Sep. 2018 Garland’s vitamin D research goes back decades, including a noted study in 1980 co-authored with his late brother Frank C. Garland, also a UCSD epidemiologist. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Vitamin D associated with lower risk of breast cancer, UCSD-led study finds," 15 June 2018 But the right to represent oneself is equally sacrosanct, said Atlanta defense attorney Don Samuel, who’s authored books on criminal case law. Bill Rankin, ajc, "Her life on the line, Gwinnett woman shuns lawyers in death-penalty case," 28 June 2018 That’s especially obvious in City of Ontario v. Quon, in which Kennedy authored the majority opinion. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Anthony Kennedy’s Retirement May Have Huge Consequences for Privacy," 27 June 2018 She and Mika Brzezinski are co-authoring a book for women re-entering the workforce, which will be released in September 2019. Ginny Brzezinski /, NBC News, "Handling empty nest syndrome," 1 June 2018 New Orleans was considered the target of the legislation Sen. Danny Martiny, R-Kenner, authored, although officials in Baton Rouge and Shreveport were also said to be opposed to the bill. Kevin Litten, NOLA.com, "John Bel Edwards vetoes ban on affordable housing requirements for developers," 29 May 2018 Birthing defects The new study was authored by the Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force, a type of review committee that several states have set up in recent years to try to understand the country’s high maternal death rates. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "A crummy drop-down menu appeared to kill dozens of mothers in Texas," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of author

Noun

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

Verb

1597, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for author

Noun

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

Verb

see author entry 1

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author

noun

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)

author

verb

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

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

author

noun
au·​thor | \ˈȯ-thər \

Kids Definition of author

: a person who writes something (as a novel)

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