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 author (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 The book stems from an essay the author wrote for the New York Review of Books. Sydney Walton, CNN, "If you're trying to make sense of the Capitol riot, read these books," 16 Jan. 2021 That sensibility animates the author Paul Auster’s memoir Hand to Mouth, which follows his early failures as a writer. Kate Cray, The Atlantic, "The Books Briefing: Humor, Mined From the Absurd," 15 Jan. 2021 According to information on Atkins’ website,, the author will read and discuss the book at virtual events on Thursday, Jan. 14, and Friday, Jan. 22. al, "Spenser takes on Epstein-like villain in Alabama author’s latest thriller," 14 Jan. 2021 Certain readers will feel this poem of a memoir, charting the author’s journey to sobriety. Lauren Daley,, "Thinking about not drinking? These authors can inspire your journey," 12 Jan. 2021 If the author’s narrative occasionally waxes repetitive and academic, all is forgiven: Most often Oakes brings clarity and insight to a political conundrum of bewildering complexity. David Holahan, USA TODAY, "'Crooked Path to Abolition' review: How Lincoln, an antislavery moderate, abolished slavery," 12 Jan. 2021 Additionally, some rankings have changed to reflect the author’s evolving taste. Nate Jones, Vulture, "All 179 Taylor Swift Songs, Ranked," 11 Jan. 2021 Interestingly enough, the high-stakes drama adaptation of the film pales in comparison to the firestorm surrounding the author of the book. Ineye Komonibo,, "Amy Adams’ Forgotten Thriller Is Finally Coming To Netflix," 10 Jan. 2021 Then, with a veteran curator peering over his shoulder, the celebrated author turned the page. New York Times, "What We Found in Robert Caro’s Yellowed Files," 8 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That changed in 2005, when it was decided that the committee would write the scientific report while agencies would author the guidelines. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "New US dietary guidelines include babies and toddlers for first time," 29 Dec. 2020 The rights to author Thomas Harris’ characters are bewilderingly divided between MGM and the Dino De Laurentiis Company. James Hibberd,, "Clarice producers break silence on Lambs sequel with 5 major revelations," 17 Dec. 2020 Roman, a volcanologist with the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C., helped author the study that the researchers presented this week at the American Geophysical Union’s annual fall meeting. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, "6 Alaska island volcanoes may actually be part of a single giant volcano, scientists say," 9 Dec. 2020 The Colts didn’t author a masterpiece on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium, but results matter more. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, "NFL power rankings: Colts rise, with an asterisk," 24 Nov. 2020 Feinstein helped author some of the committee’s consequential bills, including those on assault weapons and violence against women. Dustin Gardiner,, "Feinstein won’t seek to keep top Senate Judiciary Committee post," 23 Nov. 2020 Governor Mike DeWine of Ohio, who was one of seven Democratic and Republican governors to co-author an opinion piece in The Washington Post this week urging Americans to cancel Thanksgiving, advised residents to wear masks and instituted a curfew. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "The Final Pandemic Surge Is Crashing Over America," 19 Nov. 2020 In July, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which Fauci directs, told PolitiFact that Fauci did not author the post. Adrienne Dunn, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Dr. Anthony Fauci is not the author of a viral Facebook post on viruses," 30 Oct. 2020 President Trump, explaining to author Bob Woodward his chemistry with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "President Trump loves the military, just not its leaders, according to Woodward’s book," 10 Sep. 2020

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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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23 Jan 2021

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“Author.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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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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