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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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 Tom Stienstra is The San Francisco Chronicle’s outdoors writer. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "No. 1 spot to see bald eagles? Trinity Lake," 5 Feb. 2020 The petition also includes an addendum for Rose to be considered for the Hall of Fame, and the letter asks Hall president Tim Mead to let the voters (baseball writers) decide his fate. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Pete Rose asks for reinstatement after no Astros players were punished in sign-stealing scandal," 5 Feb. 2020 The result, according to classical writers like Galen, Strabo, and Herodotus, was a large, sweet, shelf-stable fruit that was a prized treat throughout the Roman world. Andrew Curry, Science | AAAS, "Dead Sea dates grown from 2000-year-old seeds," 5 Feb. 2020 The term was coined by Metro UK writer Ellen Scott last year. Erika W. Smith, refinery29.com, "Valentighting: The Dating Trend Ruining Your February," 5 Feb. 2020 Ming Pu, executive chef at 502 Bar and Bistro, teaches Courier Journal food writer Dana McMahan how to make his scallion pancakes. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, "What dish means 'home' to you? For this Louisville chef, it's a no-recipe dish by his mom," 4 Feb. 2020 Leading the charge was Elizabeth Bruenig, an opinion writer from The New York Times and former staffer at The New Republic. Parker Richards, The New Republic, "The Iowa Caucus Was a Media Debacle, Too," 4 Feb. 2020 After Robert Simpson accepted the Grammy for best choral performance, he was whisked backstage into a dreamlike atmosphere with writers and photographers surrounding him and his team of musicians. Ryan Nickerson, Houston Chronicle, "Robert Simpson hopes Grammy brings attention to Houston arts scene," 4 Feb. 2020 After a 2018 conference in San Antonio looked back at the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Hearings, a group of Mexican American scholars, writers and activists began talking about the next 50 years. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, "Ayala: New project uses Segundo de Febrero to launch 50-year effort to preserve Mexican American culture," 4 Feb. 2020

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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 22 Feb. 2020.

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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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