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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Recent Examples on the Web

Ola Ojewumi is a writer and a community organizer based in Washington, D.C. Ola Ojewumi, SELF, "I'm Celebrating My Disabled Black Girl Magic Because I'm Done Feeling Invisible," 7 Nov. 2018 Benjamin Wofford is a staff writer at Washingtonian Magazine, and a contributing editor at Politico. Benjamin Wofford, Vox, "The midterms are already hacked. You just don’t know it yet.," 25 Oct. 2018 Melissa Blake is a freelance writer and blogger from Illinois. Melissa Blake, Good Housekeeping, "Princess Eugenie's Dress Meant a Lot to Me, Because I Have the Same Scar," 17 Oct. 2018 Ellen Freeman is a freelance writer based in Mexico City, with writing published in Roads & Kingdoms, i-D, Lenny Letter, Ozy, Mental Floss, Perfect Strangers, Racked, and other online and print publications. Ellen Freeman, Curbed, "I lived in a Tokyo coworking space," 28 Sep. 2018 Junod, now a senior writer at ESPN, is a fan of Hanks playing Rogers. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Tom Hanks to Play Mister Rogers in a New Biopic," 27 Sep. 2018 But just for uttering these words, one writer at the Detroit Metro Times has accused James of seeking a Handmaid's Tale style theocracy. Fox News, "New evidence of political bias at Google; gender politics at play in Michigan Senate race," 21 Sep. 2018 Christopher Rosa is a staff entertainment writer at Glamour. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Please, Just Let Bert and Ernie Be Gay," 19 Sep. 2018 Stearns, who lives in south Natick and is writer-in-residence at Roxbury Latin School in Boston, writes with an understated elegance. Nina Maclaughlin, BostonGlobe.com, "Bookstore writers in residence, winner of poetry chapbook contest," 12 July 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of writer

: a person who writes especially as a business or occupation

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