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


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 \ 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

All of these factors combined help explain why women are more likely to die of heart attacks than men, the study authors said. Korin Miller, SELF, "Why Anna Kendrick Was 'Vulnerable and Terrified' While Getting Treated for Kidney Stones," 4 Feb. 2019 The upcoming movie brings to life the next chapter in the bestselling series by author W. Bruce Cameron. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "The Trailer for 'A Dog's Journey' Will Make You Ugly Cry," 30 Jan. 2019 GoFundMe Government Shutdown Direct Relief Fund GoFundMe also launched a relief fund in partnership with author Deepak Chopra; seeing the thousands of individual campaigns inspired GoFundMe to start a larger initiative. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "How To Donate to the People Hit Hardest by the Government Shutdown," 24 Jan. 2019 Peter Makovicky, a curator at the Field Museum and author on the paper, paints the picture of the world the Galagadon lived in. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "A New Shark Species Was Found in the Mud of Sue the T. Rex," 21 Jan. 2019 The Kissing Booth author recently opened up about the possibility of a sequel. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "6 Signs Jacob Elordi and Joey King Might Have Broken Up," 8 Jan. 2019 In August, acclaimed author N.K. Jemisin, whose works carry themes of resistance in a time of apocalypse and bear sharp signifiers of hopepunk, won a historic Hugo Awards threepeat. Aja Romano, Vox, "In the era of Trump and apocalyptic change, Hopepunk is a storytelling template for #resistance — and hanging onto your humanity at all costs.," 27 Dec. 2018 The discovery suggests the casual manner in which farming spread, says Bori, co-author of the paper. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "When Farmers and Foragers First Met," 24 Oct. 2018 The method of the author, an emeritus professor at the University of California, Irvine, is at once modest and radical. Eric Ormsby, WSJ, "‘God in the Qur’an’ Review: Allah, a Biography," 16 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Hedi Steady Go Hedi Slimane’s last-October first chapter for Celine was largely judged—and widely lamented—by a Greek chorus that was deeply attached to its Phoebe Philo authored past. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "6 Talking Points From the Fall 2019 Menswear Season to Come Inspired by Virgil... (Not the Virgil that You’re Thinking Of)," 3 Jan. 2019 This summer, 20 experts in civil rights and artificial intelligence authored a letter to the task force with preliminary suggestions about what policy could look like. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Facial recognition is becoming one of the 21st century’s biggest public space issues," 19 Oct. 2018 Feinstein highlights her environmental protection efforts, including establishing two national parks, and her push to reauthorize the 1994 assault weapons ban she co-authored. Kathleen Ronayne, The Seattle Times, "Feinstein and rival de Leon, both Democrats, set to debate," 16 Oct. 2018 Her four former living predecessors, seemingly encouraged after Laura Bush authored a scathing opinion piece, followed with sharper commentary of their own condemning the family separations as shameful. Author: Darlene Superville, Anchorage Daily News, "Melania Trump visits migrant children at Texas detention center," 21 June 2018 Just this week, Adobe, in partnership with Apple and Pixar, launched the augmented reality authoring tool Project Aero. Esme Bella Rice, WIRED, "These Artists Use AR to Pull You Inside Their Heads," 9 June 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 \

Kids Definition of author

: a person who writes something (as a novel)

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