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 Deborah Martin is an arts writer in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Deborah Martin, ExpressNews.com, "New San Antonio drive-in theater boom evokes memories of watching movies under the stars," 11 Sep. 2020 The cover of the book’s Japanese edition hints that Murakami the man and Murakami the writer in translation might not be identical. Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, The Atlantic, "Who You’re Reading When You Read Haruki Murakami," 11 Sep. 2020 It was canceled after 12 episodes — and featured then-unknown stars Leonardo Di Caprio, Thora Birch, David Arquette and, in the writer’s room, Joss Whedon. Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, "After ‘Cobra Kai’: 10 hit shows based on movies," 10 Sep. 2020 Dear Michelle, This is the writer from last week who talked about self-immolation. The Washington Post, "Color of Money," 10 Sep. 2020 Did the headline writer consciously intend to render the language benign so as to conceal the controversy that actually surrounded it? Greg Weiner, National Review, "Cancel Culture Is Not the Problem; Conformity Culture Is," 10 Sep. 2020 The former Elle magazine writer says Trump raped her at Bergdorf Goodman, a luxury New York City department store, in the mid-1990s. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Q&A: Justice Department wants to defend Trump in former columnist's defamation case," 9 Sep. 2020 Holly Burns is a writer in the San Francisco Bay area. Holly Burns, Washington Post, "Confidentiality is so 2019. Here’s how to navigate privacy in the age of online school.," 8 Sep. 2020 Looking into the near future, the former National Review staff writer sees California banning private ownership of guns. oregonlive, "Conservative intellectual David French fears secession but makes a strong case for it: ‘Divided We Fall’ review," 8 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of writer

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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15 Sep 2020

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“Writer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/writer. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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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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