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

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

From the breakfast nook—a cozy-yet-modern spot designed for celebrating the author's favorite meal of the day—to the outdoor area, every space was examined from all angles...including the lens of a cell phone camera. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Garance Doré’s House is About to Be the Hottest Thing on Instagram," 13 Mar. 2019 Many of the videos are cleaned up and restored by the channel’s author. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Newly Remastered Archival Video Shows the Power of the First Nuclear Weapons Test," 12 Mar. 2019 So to whittle down to just one all-time favorite book written by a female author is nearly an impossible task. Glamour, "Phoebe Robinson and Other Writers Share Their International Women's Day Must-Reads," 8 Mar. 2019 According to the authors, these findings line up with others being reported across the field, including other brain studies, clinical/behavioral research, and anecdotal reports on individual experiences. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Meditation Can—and Can’t—Do for Your Health," 11 Sep. 2018 Whitman is the author of eight lifestyle books, most recently Parties Around a Punch Bowl, and the mother of two young children. Alex Witchel, Town & Country, "The Best Department Stores Are All Opening Restaurants," 25 Feb. 2019 Meg is the author of more than a dozen novels for adults and young adults. Marie Milano, Country Living, "What Is 'The Wife' Movie About? Everything to Know About Glenn Close's New Film," 24 Feb. 2019 Julie Morgenstern is the author of Time to Parent, a book about the way that parents can manage their time. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "The One Thing You Can Do to Make More Quality Time With Your Partner, According to an Expert," 14 Feb. 2019 Mashonda is now the author of her novel Blend: The Secret to Co-Parenting and Creating a Balanced Family, which includes a foreword written by Keys and a chapter penned by Beatz. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who is Alicia Keys' Husband, Swizz Beatz?," 10 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Co-authored by Yergin, that report was funded by 20 oil and gas companies. Jie Jenny Zou Of The Center For Public Integrity, The Seattle Times, "How DC unleashed fossil-fuel exports despite climate worries," 16 Oct. 2018 But Christian Pfeiffer, a criminologist who co-authored the report, says data for 2017 sends the opposite message: the rate of violent crime fell by 6%. The Economist, "Confusion over immigration and crime is roiling European politics," 28 June 2018 Anna North, Vox's senior politics reporter who covers gender issues and authored the report, told Teen Vogue that the results of the nationally-representative survey of more than 2,500 women weren't necessarily surprising. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "A New Survey Shows Women of All Ages Support #MeToo," 20 Mar. 2018 Who’s behind it: Sen. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, authored the bill to create No Place Like Home and has been fighting to free up the funding. Melody Gutierrez,, "Gas taxes, cage-free chickens and a chopped-up California top fall ballot," 3 July 2018 Today, instead of authoring the DC Code in Word documents stored on a hard drive in a locked room in a basement, the Code is now stored in XML format in a place everyone can see—on the Web. Joshua Tauberer, Ars Technica, "How I changed the law with a GitHub pull request," 25 Nov. 2018 The change would reverse legislation passed in 2013 -- and authored by Morrell himself -- that removed a council member or designee from the board with the intent of scrubbing political influences from utility affairs. Beau Evans,, "New Orleans should regulate, not run Sewerage & Water Board, watchdog group says," 10 Apr. 2018 Still, the 69-year-old San Francisco resident — who has a film in the Library of Congress, has had success in Hollywood and has authored one of the most prominent Asian American indie film careers — has been thinking of his legacy as of late. G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, "Wayne Wang to be honored at SFFilm festival with tribute screening of ‘Smoke’," 3 Apr. 2018 God doesn’t just understand or author our joy at the small things of life. David French, National Review, "Yes, God Cares about Football," 6 Feb. 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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The first known use of author was in the 14th century

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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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