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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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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Recent Examples on the Web

Associated Press writers Amir Vahdat in Tehran, Iran, and Jon Gambrell in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, contributed to this report. Bassem Mroue, chicagotribune.com, "Detained U.S. resident freed by Iran, on his way to Lebanon," 11 June 2019 Associated Press writers Alexandra Jaffe in Dubuque, Iowa, and Zeke Miller in Washington contributed to this report. Thomas Beaumont, BostonGlobe.com, "Biden calls Trump an ‘existential threat to America’ in Iowa speech," 11 June 2019 Associated Press writers Zeke Miller, Colleen Long, Paul Wiseman, Lisa Mascaro, Darlene Superville and Padmananda Rama in Washington and Jonathan Lemire in Shannon, Ireland contributed to this report. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump says US, Mexico reach agreement to prevent tariffs," 8 June 2019 Staff writer Ryan Randazzo contributed to this report. Mike Cruz, azcentral, "WSJ: Raytheon, one of Tucson's largest employers, in merger talks with United Technologies," 8 June 2019 Associated Press writers Amy Forliti and Doug Glass contributed to this story. Steve Karnowski, Twin Cities, "Mohamed Noor sentenced to 12½ years in prison; apologizes in court," 7 June 2019 Staff writer Sara Coello contributed to this report. Dallas News, "Fort Worth officer shot burglary suspect who threatened him, police say," 6 June 2019 The second, as fiction writer Vaughn — with a perfect family and a few issues in the bedroom — who Carrie dates in the show’s second season. Diana Pearl, PEOPLE.com, "Sex and the City," 6 June 2019 Associated Press writer Rogelio Navarro in Guadalajara, Mexico, contributed to this report. Mark Stevenson And Stefanie Dazio, Houston Chronicle, "Mexican church leader still its 'apostle' after rape arrest," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of writer

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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