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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In May 2015, a pitch meeting at 1 Million Cups, an entrepreneurial resource, brought him to the attention of a businessman who knew Sosa was in need of a jingle writer. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "Local musician writes inspiring songs for students," 8 July 2018 In a family with no shortage of achievers — one sister is a writer, the other an artist; one brother is a newspaper editor, another is an actor — Mrs. Phillips charted her own course. Bryan Marquard, BostonGlobe.com, "Jenny Phillips, writer and award-winning filmmaker, dies at 76," 13 July 2018 Contact staff writer Ann Zaniewski at 313-222-6594 or azaniewski@freepress.com. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "Ukrainian Catholic tradition to be celebrated at next Detroit Mass Mob," 13 July 2018 Perfect for writers, editors and bloggers looking for work. Steve Strauss, USA TODAY, "Get your gig: Here are the 9 best sites to visit for freelance or contract work," 12 July 2018 Mark Bowen Mark Bowen is physicist and writer, living in Vermont. Mark Bowen, Scientific American, "Neutrinos on Ice: Astronomers' Long Hunt for Source of Extragalactic "Ghost Particles" Pays Off," 12 July 2018 The law benefited visual artists, who, unlike composers, filmmakers or writers, do not receive a share of any future sales under copyright law. Amanda Svachula, New York Times, "California Tried to Give Artists a Cut. But the Judges Said No.," 11 July 2018 Refinery29 spoke to Harnett about writing the track with producer and co-writer GRADES (Tove Lo, Little Boots), using music as therapy after a breakup, and creating a vibe. refinery29.com, "Sinead Harnett Makes A Breakup Sound Like A Very Sexy Thing In "Body"," 11 July 2018 Reactions via Twitter from Cleveland beat writers: Here's what FOX Sports Ohio's Brian Giesenschlag and Sam LeCure had to say about it during the postgame show: BG to SL: Francona wanted Perez in the game to face Votto. Dave Clark, Cincinnati.com, "Francona: Indians' bullpen phone miscommunication leaves Joey Votto facing wrong reliever," 10 July 2018

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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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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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