writer

noun
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

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

nonauthor

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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

In addition to the murals and video, Gucci also tapped into a major component of the Gen Z DNA—zines!—for activists, artists, and writers to speak about gender equality and self-expression. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Gucci Wants Gen Z to Feel Seen Through Art and, Yes, Zines," 30 Jan. 2019 The show's 1950s world, composed of confectionary colors, a quick-witted heroine, and compulsively low stakes, does not seem like that of two brazen contemporary writers. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," 9 Dec. 2018 Plus, as Theo is reported to take on Andy’s similar stubborn and quick-witted attitude—and with many of the same writers and producers on board—this latest installment will likely bear a familiar resemblance to the award-winning original. Megan Stein, Country Living, "The 'NYPD Blue' Reboot Is Killing Off a Major Character When It Returns," 18 Oct. 2018 Email, by contrast, can feel healthy, says Robin Sloan, a writer who started an email newsletter—like a blog delivered to the inbox—almost 10 years ago. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "The Hot New Channel for Reaching Real People: Email," 19 Jan. 2019 According to travel writer Tim Controneo, Rolle is also a singer and Elvis a dancer as live entertainment. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "The Woman Who Became the Hero of Fyre Festival," 18 Jan. 2019 According to Wall Street Journal writer Lane Florsheim, the photo shoot was done over two days in November in Los Angeles. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Cole Sprouse Photographed Noah Centineo and Lana Condor and It’s Like a “Riverdale”/“TATBILB” Crossover," 15 Jan. 2019 The former Fixer Upper star and seasoned writer just announced her very first book for kids, written with the help of her own. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Joanna Gaines Is Releasing Her First Children's Book—And Her Kids Helped Her Write It!," 14 Jan. 2019 Saudi Arabia’s human rights record has come under intense scrutiny since the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi in October. Trevor Marshallsea, The Seattle Times, "Thai, Saudi officials meet over case of young Saudi woman," 8 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of writer

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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writer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of writer

: someone whose work is to write books, poems, stories, etc.
: someone who has written something

writer

noun
writ·​er | \ ˈrī-tər \

Kids Definition of writer

: a person who writes especially as a business or occupation

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