writ·er | \ˈrī-tər \

Definition of writer 

: one that writes: such as

a : author

b : one who writes stock options

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Synonyms & Antonyms for writer


author, litterateur (or littérateur), pen, penman, scribe, scrivener



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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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All of these characters, the women, the publishers, the hangers-on, the simply interesting, provide the clamor that seems to sustain Hemingway, fonts of affirmation on demand available for his fragile writer’s ego. Dana Snitzky, Longreads, "Hemingway’s Last Girl," 12 July 2018 Like you, our writers have their own moments that forever changed their lives. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Moments That Changed Us," 11 July 2018 But at the same time, the show’s writers are often more interested in where the show’s characters end up. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "“The Beginning” is a series finale all about series finales.," 8 July 2018 Flynn joined as a writer and executive producer, and Jean-Marc Vallée (Big Little Lies) came on to direct. Jessica M. Goldstein, Marie Claire, "Gillian Flynn, Killer Queen," 8 July 2018 But the true innovation was the high literary standards Ellison demanded of his writers. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Harlan Ellison’s Death Raises a #MeToo Quandary," 2 July 2018 Our writer, Rachel Shukert, outlined this before Weinstein. refinery29.com, "GLOW's Creators On Writing Season 2's Explosive Sexual Harassment Storyline," 2 July 2018 Carl Bogner, a writer, curator and film lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, offers up the cinematic drama of the turning of a page via videos. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A library and an unexpected journey toward household togetherness," 28 June 2018 Chris Thilk is a freelance writer with 15 years of experience in the social media and content marketing industry. Chris Thilk, The Hollywood Reporter, "Dwayne Johnson's 'Skyscraper' Sells Itself as an Action Throwback," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of writer

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of writer was before the 12th century

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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 \

Kids Definition of writer

: a person who writes especially as a business or occupation

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