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

The writer-director's latest, Skyscraper, stars his Central Intelligence collaborator Dwayne Johnson as former FBI agent and war veteran Will Sawyer, who lost part of his leg after a hostage situation gone wrong. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why 'Skyscraper' Director Will Never Make a Sequel to His Cult Classic 'Dodgeball'," 13 July 2018 Advertisement Star-Telegram writers test drive both and share the results. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "Interns had ‘MAGA’ hats and wanted a ride to Trump hotel. Uber driver refused, they say," 13 July 2018 Observer beat writers Joe Person and Jourdan Rodrigue recap what happened for the team and what to look forward to going into training camp in July. Mike Reader, charlotteobserver, "‘You’re the best.’ The Panthers’ Sir Purr and his video really are, vote NFL mascots.," 13 July 2018 Not a Wolf Tweets not written by a wolf pretending to be a human man, and also not written by comedian and writer Dan Sheehan. Brendan Leonard, Outside Online, "10 Animal Twitter Accounts That Will Improve Your Life," 12 July 2018 Rob Pegoraro is a tech writer based out of Washington, D.C. To submit a tech question, e-mail Rob at rob@robpegoraro.com. Rob Pegoraro, USA TODAY, "Ready to ditch your old flash drive? Don't just erase and recycle," 5 July 2018 There’s a promising satirical idea embedded in 'Sorry to Bother You,' but the writer-director, Boots Riley, doesn’t quite know how to extricate it. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Sorry to Bother You' eventually loses its way in a welter of surreality," 5 July 2018 Coming next: Episode 3: Parnu, Estonia; Riga, Latvia; Krakow, Poland Steven Shundich is a writer based in Chicago. Steven Shundich, Cincinnati.com, "World Cup 2018: Dispatches from TML Mobster/Guest Hemingway in Russia, Episode 2," 4 July 2018 This July, Netflix is adding a sixth season of Orange is the New Black to its lineup, as well as Extinction, the new science fiction / horror film from Hounds of Love writer-director Ben Young. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Everything coming to Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Now in July," 1 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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