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

The celebrity chef, best-selling author and journalist died June 8. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: Anthony Bourdain Posthumously Nominated for 'Parts Unknown'," 12 July 2018 One of the foundation's board members is environmental attorney Nicole Capretz, who was the primary author of the city’s Climate Action Plan. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego woman aims to plant 1,000 trees," 7 July 2018 Renzoni is the author of Connecticut Rock 'N Roll, and will have copies of his book available for purchase and signing. Courant Community, "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 2 July 2018 The accident fit a broader pattern within fire departments nationwide, one of the Fresno report’s authors told The Star. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "In a tragic loop, firefighters continue to die from preventable mistakes," 13 July 2018 Now, a bill working its way through the state Legislature could boost that maximum to $7,500 — enough, the bill’s author said, to pay for an immigration lawyer or a funeral. James Rufus Koren, latimes.com, "Latest battle over California lending market: Should grocery stores offer large loans?," 12 July 2018 Steve Wamhoff, director of federal tax policy at the institute and one of the report’s authors, told me. Emily Stewart, Vox, "America’s getting $10 trillion in tax cuts, and 20% of them are going the richest 1%," 11 July 2018 That may have created the perception that most people aren’t affected by heat waves, Jose Guillermo Cedeño-Laurent, research fellow at Harvard Chan School and lead author of the study, said in a statement from the university. Martin Finucane, BostonGlobe.com, "Harvard study finds that during heat waves, people can’t think straight," 10 July 2018 Study lead author Martin Nyffeler, a zoologist at the University of Basel in Switzerland, said that birds – along with other natural enemies such as spiders and ants – contribute greatly to natural insect pest suppression. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Yum! Birds eat up to 550 million tons of insects each year," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 All of the bills on his list drew Democratic votes, and some were authored by Democrats or passed the House or the Financial Services Committee without a single dissenter. Erica Werner, idahostatesman, "House-Senate standoff puts Mike Crapo’s big banking bill in peril | Idaho Statesman," 11 Apr. 2018 The production team even set up a fake Amazon listing for a book supposedly authored by Cain. Jean Bentley, The Hollywood Reporter, "Sacha Baron Cohen's 'Who Is America?': All the Details (So Far) About the Showtime Comedy," 13 July 2018 As depicted in legal filings authored by Conley’s attorneys, Conley’s depiction of the hotel room encounter differs widely from that of Puscian. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Could Gareon Conley Legally Prove That Rape Allegation Caused Draft Slide, Financial Harm?," 12 July 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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