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 Thought Leaders webinar with L. Scott Lingamfelter, author of Desert Redleg: Artillery Warfare in the First Gulf War. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Breaking down Esper’s deft handling of Trump’s punitive order to pull US troops out of Germany," 30 July 2020 Tobia, author of Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story, is not a fan of rigid terms and definitions. Karen Pallarito,, "What Is Genderqueer? Here's How Experts and People Who Identify This Way Explain It," 29 July 2020 And that is creating a whole new class of workers in Silicon Valley, said Stanford sociologist Marianne Cooper, author of Cut Adrift: Families in Insecure Times. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Race and class divide: Black and Hispanic service workers are tech's growing underclass," 11 July 2020 In 2004, Philip Pullman, author of the Dark Materials trilogy of fantasy novels, quietly penned another sequel story for his beloved series. Nick Romano,, "His Dark Materials author Philip Pullman to publish previously unseen Lyra novella," 9 July 2020 Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg made waves last year by claiming Xi, the author of this concentration camp system, wasn’t a dictator. Casey Michel, The New Republic, "The Left’s Deafening Silence on China’s Ethnic Cleansing," 7 July 2020 Future installments will also look at potential solutions to the issue, said senior researcher Anne Chapman, author of the report. Natallie St. Onge, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin students increasingly diverse, but teachers still overwhelmingly white, Policy Forum study shows," 6 July 2020 The Volkswagen classic reminds the author of the similar one he was offered by a co-worker in the late 1990s for only $1500, but turned down. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "1962 VW Samba 23-Window Microbus for Sale on Bring a Trailer, but Check Out That Price," 4 July 2020 Although some bird calls undergo slow evolutions, this rapid shift in a bird’s song has never been observed before, says Ken Otter, lead author of the study, published July 2 in the journal Current Biology. Corryn Wetzel, National Geographic, "Sparrows are singing a new song, in a rapid, unprecedented shift," 2 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Politicians were once fond of citing research co-authored by Kenneth Rogoff, an economist, to warn that public debt exceeding 90% of a country’s GDP would crimp growth. The Economist, "Free exchange The legacy of Alberto Alesina," 28 May 2020 The House on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan bill co-authored by Rep. Chip Roy, R-Austin, to give small businesses more flexibility in utilizing a popular loan program set up in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "House OKs bill by Austin Rep. Chip Roy to give small businesses flexibility in coronavirus aid program," 28 May 2020 Green Bay, which opened the 1993 season at 1-3, had trailed by a 17-7 count at one point after Detroit's own pick-6, a 15-yard play authored by Melvin Jenkins. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Next Ten: Brett Favre finds Sterling Sharpe for a breakthrough playoff win over Detroit," 24 May 2020 According to reporting by the New York Times, the draft’s language was authored by the National Civic Art Society, a nonprofit group that advocates for classical architecture and against modernism. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, "An executive order to ‘make federal buildings beautiful again’ is a needless distraction," 7 Feb. 2020 It was authored by Sen. Scott Wiener, a Democrat from San Francisco, home to some of the highest housing prices in the country. Time, "High-Profile Housing Crisis Bill Fails to Pass California Senate," 31 Jan. 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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2 Aug 2020

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“Author.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 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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