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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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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Walker, founder of Walker & Company Brands, will speak with Boston Globe writer Jeneé Osterheldt on Friday. BostonGlobe.com, "Looking far and wide pays off for this nonprofit," 4 Sep. 2019 The poet, writer and social justice activist has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in Poetry and studied the saint and mystic Teresa de Avila. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Vote for your favorite 'High Art' billboard in Central Indiana," 3 Sep. 2019 Indeed, McAvoy's Bill -- a writer whose stammer returns as old fears are revisited -- is teased about his inability to deliver good endings, a joke that strikes a little too close to home. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Review: 'It Chapter Two' doesn't know when to close the book," 3 Sep. 2019 The narrator of this unsettling novel is a writer living on an island where things have been disappearing mysteriously for years—initially incidental items, such as emeralds, perfume, and hats, then more important ones. Judith Thurman, The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 3 Sep. 2019 My colleague Emma Baccellieri attempted to tackle that very question last week and found that writers and columnists have been shoveling dirt on the sport’s shallow grave for the better part of the last 100 years. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "MLB Is a Game of Extremes in 2019. What Does That Mean for the Sport's Future?," 3 Sep. 2019 Michael Casagrande is an Alabama beat writer for the Alabama Media Group. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "What happened on play Duke DL was ejected for punching Alabama player," 2 Sep. 2019 Dixon is a Times staff writer and Ho Kilpatrick is a special correspondent. Los Angeles Times, "‘I thought I was about to die’: Eyewitnesses describe brutal beatings by Hong Kong police," 2 Sep. 2019 Milo Yiannopoulos, an openly gay right-wing political commentator and writer, was the grand marshal. Gerren Keith Gaynor, Fox News, "AOC slams 'Straight Pride' parade in Boston; event ends with police injuries, dozens of arrests: report," 2 Sep. 2019

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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 How to pronounce writer (audio) \

Kids Definition of writer

: a person who writes especially as a business or occupation

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