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 Associated Press writer Eric Willemsen contributed to this report. Andrew Dampf, ajc, "A 'huge resounding' success: Shiffrin medals in all 4 events," 20 Feb. 2021 The week before the mask testifier’s claims, a political writer was temporarily banned from Twitter for repeating an incorrect statement Reinbold made about the COVID-19 vaccine. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "In blistering letter, Dunleavy accuses Sen. Reinbold of spreading COVID-19 disinformation and violating oath of office," 19 Feb. 2021 Jamie McIntyre is the Washington Examiner’s senior writer on defense and national security. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Beating back defense cuts is the No. 1 goal of the Armed Services Committee's new ranking member," 18 Feb. 2021 In one essay from this issue, writer at large Ligaya Mishan explores the new generation of food activists, whose collective mission concerns everything from how our food is produced (and who gets to produce it) to who gets to eat it. New York Times, "A Spring Fashion Issue for an Optimistic Future," 8 Feb. 2021 Danté Stewart is a writer and student at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Commentary: Amanda Gorman, my grandma and the Black tears we cried," 21 Jan. 2021 Luke Mogelson, a contributing writer at The New Yorker, filmed what took place when the crowd of Trump supporters and white extremists infiltrated the Capitol and entered its sacred Senate chamber. Lauren Booker, BostonGlobe.com, "New video shows what the Capitol rioters did when they got inside Senate chamber," 17 Jan. 2021 Jessica Noah Morgan, a staff writer at Refinery29 UK, also did a Big Chop in March. Sydney Clarke, refinery29.com, "It’s Deeper Than The Bonnet: The Ever-Present Expectations Of Virtual Professionalism," 7 Jan. 2021 Furman, who is now a professor of the practice of economic policy at Harvard, spoke to WIRED senior writer Will Knight. Will Knight, Wired, "The US Needs More Foreign Artificial Intelligence Know-How," 6 Jan. 2021

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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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24 Feb 2021

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“Writer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/writer. Accessed 2 Mar. 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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