screen·​writ·​er ˈskrēn-ˌrī-tər How to pronounce screenwriter (audio)
: a writer of screenplays

Examples of screenwriter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their chemistry between Sarah, a screenwriter for Lena Dunham’s Girls, and Aaron, a TV and film producer, was instantaneous. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 8 Feb. 2024 The Lisa Frankenstein brain trust of screenwriter Diablo Cody and director Zelda Williams became one of the few silver linings of their pandemic experiences. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Feb. 2024 The project was initiated by first time screenwriter Meg Shields, who wrote the first draft some 15 years before the project was finally funded. Patrick Frater, Variety, 7 Feb. 2024 One screenwriter Michael Sarnoski (who wrote and directed Pig). Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 7 Feb. 2024 Director and screenwriter Marc Schiesser’s claustrophobic film never hits the brakes as 28-year-old Malina (Sina Martens) comes up with industrious ways to figure out who is the driver and how to get out of an impossible situation. Randy Myers, The Mercury News, 7 Feb. 2024 The Lisa Frankenstein screenwriter, 45, won an Oscar for the 2007 teen-pregnancy comedy Juno, which starred Page, now 36, plus J.K. Simmons, Jason Bateman, Allison Janey, Michael Cera and Jennifer Garner. Benjamin Vanhoose, Peoplemag, 5 Feb. 2024 Trekking to the foothills of the supernatural, the director and screenwriter Andrew Haigh has Adam revisit his long-dead parents, who still live in his childhood home, frozen in time. Jesse Green, New York Times, 31 Jan. 2024 Pace also has met the movie’s screenwriter, Bob Gale. Sarah Gish, Kansas City Star, 31 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1913, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of screenwriter was in 1913

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“Screenwriter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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screen·​writ·​er -ˌrīt-ər How to pronounce screenwriter (audio)
: a writer of screenplays
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