writ·​er ˈrī-tər How to pronounce writer (audio)
: one that writes: such as
: author
: one who writes stock options

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Before entering the Reagan White House, Noonan was a producer and writer at CBS News in New York, and an adjunct professor of Journalism at New York University. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, 23 Feb. 2023 Melanie Hamon is a freelance writer, grant writer, and full-time student in Ohio. Melanie Hamon, Longreads, 23 Feb. 2023 The letter’s writer, the novelist Elsa Morante; the recipient, Goffredo Fofi, a noted journalist and critic. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, 23 Feb. 2023 In an image with co-star Ashton Kutcher and the Netflix film's writer/director Aline Brosh McKenna (who also wrote The Devil Wears Prada!), Reese had on a salmon pink, knee-length skirt. Nicola Fumo, Peoplemag, 22 Feb. 2023 C Mandler C Mandler is a social media producer and trending topics writer for CBS News, focusing on American politics and LGBTQ+ issues. CBS News, 22 Feb. 2023 Emily Shiffer Emily Shiffer is a former digital web producer for Men’s Health and Prevention, and is currently a freelancer writer specializing in health, weight loss, and fitness. Emily Shiffer, Women's Health, 22 Feb. 2023 Claude Johnson is an author, historian, writer, and founder of the Black Fives Foundation. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 22 Feb. 2023 In her free time, Pitts serves as a mentor to others who want to enter the hospitality industry, judges for the San Francisco International Wine Competition, and is a speaker, writer, and wine/food consultant. Liz Thach, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of writer was before the 12th century

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“Writer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/writer. Accessed 20 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


writ·​er ˈrīt-ər How to pronounce writer (audio)
: one that writes especially as a business or occupation

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