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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Other Words from author


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

Synonyms & Antonyms for author

Synonyms: Noun

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

Synonyms: Verb

pen, scratch (out), scribble, write

Antonyms: Noun


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Examples of author in a Sentence


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.


authored a new biography of Thomas Jefferson
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

James Shapiro, of Columbia University, who is the author of, among other books, Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? The Editors, The Atlantic, "Shakespeare and Company," 8 June 2019 Presidential candidate Andrew Yang and author Bret Easton Ellis are the interview guests. Hal Boedeker,, "Meryl Streep, Doris Day, ‘Ripley’s Believe It or Not!’: Weekend for legends," 7 June 2019 There are moments when screenplay author Ben Elton cranks up the soap-opera-ish elements to wearisomely predictable and sappy levels. Mark Dawidziak,, "Branagh sublime as Shakespeare in ‘All is True’," 7 June 2019 Brown is the author of The Vanity Fair Diaries Contact us at Tina Brown, Time, "Tina Brown: How Britain Lost the Plot Over Brexit," 6 June 2019 Craig Richard, PhD, professor in the department of biopharmaceutical sciences at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia, is the author of the book Brain Tingles, an ASMR user guide. Karen Pallarito,, "How Does ASMR Work? The Science Behind Those Brain-Tingling Sounds," 6 June 2019 Lauren Mechling is the author of How Could She, coming out in June. Lauren Mechling, Vogue, "Confessions of a Pod Person," 27 May 2019 Megan Angelo is the author of Followers, which will be published in January 2020. Megan Angelo, Glamour, "Booksmart Is the First Truly Evolved High School Movie," 24 May 2019 Benjamin Moser is the author of the forthcoming Sontag: Her Life and Work, out September 17 from Ecco. Benjamin Moser, Town & Country, "Why Susan Sontag Would Have Hated a Camp-Themed Met Gala," 5 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

An internet search of companies controlled by Agora and Money Map Press found several articles authored by Arrington. Lillian Reed,, "A Baltimore rapper billed himself as self-made music sensation. Feds say Chad Focus was built on fraud.," 10 June 2019 The proposal, authored by Assemblyman David Chiu, would prohibit landlords from raising the rent each year by more than 7 percent plus the annual increase in the cost of living. Rose Meily, The Mercury News, "Real deal: Realtor update on housing bills," 7 June 2019 But the Cutback Amendment, authored by former Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, took effect the following year leading to the current 118 single-member districts and concentrating more authority in the hands of leaders like Michael Madigan. Rick Pearson,, "Equal Rights Amendment approval comes 36 years after raucous Capitol protests," 1 June 2018 The only reference to Huawei on the site is via third-party apps that reference Huawei services, none of which appear to be authored by Huawei. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Huawei devices disappear from Microsoft Store and Best Buy, but remain on Amazon, Newegg," 21 May 2019 He was knighted in France and in England and had 12 authoring doctorates. Norman Vanamee, Town & Country, "How Sackler Became the Most Toxic Name in Philanthropy," 16 May 2019 Schechter, who has authored several historical true crime novels, delves deep into the life of one of the most prolific serial killers in American history. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana serial killer Belle Gunness and her 'murder farm' being developed into TV series," 27 June 2018 Scanlan himself co-authored a 2012 study on weighted blankets and anxiety published in the journal Australasian Psychiatry. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Do Weighted Blankets Even Do Anything for Anxiety?," 7 May 2019 And as Farrow and Mayer note (Mayer co-authored a 1994 book with Jill Abramson on the Thomas confirmation hearings), three women were willing to testify in support of Hill’s account, but Biden failed to call them. Anna North, Vox, "The striking parallels between Brett Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas," 14 Sep. 2018

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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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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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