writ·​er | \ ˈrī-tər How to pronounce writer (audio) \

Definition of writer

: one that writes: such as
a : author
b : one who writes stock options

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Examples of writer in a Sentence

She is my favorite French writer. He's a writer of horror stories. a course on 19th-century writers The magazine is looking for freelance writers. The writer of the best essay will win a prize. They identified the writer of the mysterious letter.
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Recent Examples on the Web Steve Kroner is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Steve Kroner, San Francisco Chronicle, "Stanford women face Louisville, ex-Cal guard Kianna Smith in Elite Eight," 29 Mar. 2021 The Father, co-writer and director Florian Zeller adapted his own play, Le Père. Lauren Huff, EW.com, "The Father director breaks down Anthony Hopkins' gut-wrenching final scene," 26 Mar. 2021 Girls Trip co-writer Tracy Oliver has inked an eight-figure multi-year deal with Apple. Mia Uzzell, Essence, "‘Girls Trip’ Writer Tracy Oliver Lands Eight-Figure Deal With Apple," 25 Mar. 2021 Viewers can view a pre-recorded, post-film discussion between writer/director Filippo Meneghetti, star Barbara Sukowa and international film icon Isabelle Huppert. John Benson, cleveland, "‘Her Name is Chef’ and ‘Shoplifters of the World’ top this week’s streaming movies at Cleveland Cinemas and Cinematheque," 24 Mar. 2021 In late 2002, York got an early version of the script from Paul Haggis, the film’s director and co-writer. Mark Blankenship, Vulture, "Revisiting That Infamous Burning-Car Moment From the Crash Oscars," 23 Mar. 2021 The Fallout' Winner of the SXSW grand jury prize, writer/director Megan Park's film follows the aftermath of a school shooting in touching, thought-provoking and unexpectedly funny fashion. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "10 best movies we saw at South by Southwest, ranked (including jury winner 'The Fallout')," 22 Mar. 2021 In the song of the year category, Lambert is nominated as both artist and co-writer. Paul Grein, Billboard, "Maren Morris, Chris Stapleton & Other Top 2021 ACM Nominees," 15 Mar. 2021 Ivy Carter gives a vocal performance on the song and appears in the video; she is also listed as a co-writer of the song with Jay-Z and Beyoncé. Mesfin Fekadu, BostonGlobe.com, "Beyoncé, Taylor Swift could have historic night at Grammys," 14 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of writer

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Writer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/writer. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of writer

: someone whose work is to write books, poems, stories, etc.
: someone who has written something


writ·​er | \ ˈrī-tər How to pronounce writer (audio) \

Kids Definition of writer

: a person who writes especially as a business or occupation

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