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 In fact, the dossier, its author Christopher Steele, and the company that hired him, Fusion GPS, were mentioned 32 times by House Republicans. NBC News, "Meet the Press - November 24, 2019," 24 Nov. 2019 Groves is a co-author with Mann on a 2019 paper about what might have caused the extinction of so many large animals at the end of the last ice age, about 11,700 years ago. Anchorage Daily News, "What killed the world’s giants?," 23 Nov. 2019 The authors of these essays have one thing in common: Their love for the Browns. Cameron Fields, cleveland, "A Browns fan near Dayton shares his love for the team with his family," 22 Nov. 2019 Brennaman has said that King is among his favorite authors. Dave Clark,, "Marty Brennaman gets personalized copy of Stephen King's 'Carrie' as retirement gift," 20 Nov. 2019 While Gottlieb’s books are excellent and highly recommended, their author — a former editor of the Economist — does exhibit a journalist’s forgivable urge to be flashy or witty whenever possible. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "A new book for ‘those who don’t want millions, but an answer to their questions’," 20 Nov. 2019 Of the votes in its favor, only two were from Democrats, Wiener and his co-author—further proof that the housing debate involves some strange bedfellows. Nikil Saval, The New Yorker, "The Plight of the Urban Planner," 20 Nov. 2019 Andrew Lownie, author of Stalin's Englishmen, counters this claim. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Crown Got It Right: Anthony Blunt, Queen Elizabeth's Art Curator, Was a Soviet Spy," 17 Nov. 2019 That’s because parents who’ve reached their 80s, 90s or higher are more likely to have chronic illnesses and disabilities and to require assistance, according to Alice Zulkarnain, co-author of the study. Lois Szymanski,, "Szymanski: Caring for those who cared for us is a moral obligation," 15 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Most of those 22 postseason pushes, however, were authored by players with their numbers in the AT&T Center rafters. Jeff Mcdonald,, "For staggering Spurs, November suddenly becomes do-or-die," 12 Nov. 2019 But the report, which was authored by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, also suggested that middle class families could save money overall, even with significantly higher taxes. Benjy Sarlin, NBC News, "Study: Medicare For All means middle class taxes, but could save them money," 29 Oct. 2019 The 10-page decision was authored by Judge Denise Reilly and also considered by judges John Rodenberg and Michelle Larkin. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Legal fight over St. Paul’s Capital City Plaza Ramp reignites," 28 Oct. 2019 The motion for a rent increase moratorium was authored by Councilwoman Nury Martinez. Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times, "New L.A. ordinance slaps moratorium on evictions ahead of Jan. 1," 22 Oct. 2019 The 97-page report was authored by Roe Sturgulewski, a vice president with the project management firm Ascent PGM. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Consultants: $1.9 billion Anchorage port renovation cost could be cut in half," 10 Oct. 2019 The bill containing the prohibition was authored by Republican state Sen. Ling Ling Chang and signed by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom on July 30. Sigal Samuel, Vox, "Is it time to regulate biohacking? California thinks so.," 13 Aug. 2019 The program will celebrate the book, which was authored by Los Angeles photographer Diana Lundin. Daily Pilot, "Around Town: George Thorogood, Live and Bush among headliners of upcoming Pacific Amphitheatre concerts," 8 Aug. 2019 Though white nationalist fantasies are loosely based on real events, modern elaborations are often authored by people with no actual connection to the original place or people, and their fairy tales can be self-propagating. C. Brandon Ogbunu, WIRED, "How White Nationalists Have Co-Opted Fan Fiction," 1 Aug. 2019

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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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29 Nov 2019

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“Author.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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