What does author mean?

Definitions for authorˈɔ θər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word author.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. writer, author(noun)

    writes (books or stories or articles or the like) professionally (for pay)

  2. generator, source, author(verb)

    someone who originates or causes or initiates something

    "he was the generator of several complaints"

  3. author(verb)

    be the author of

    "She authored this play"

Wiktionary

  1. author(Noun)

    The originator or creator of a work, especially of a literary composition.

  2. author(Noun)

    Someone who writes books for a living; a bookwright.

  3. author(Verb)

    To create a work as its author.

  4. Origin: From autour, from autor, from auctor, from augeo. The is unetymological as there is no in the original Latin spelling. This may be from the spelling autheur.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Author(noun)

    the beginner, former, or first mover of anything; hence, the efficient cause of a thing; a creator; an originator

  2. Author(noun)

    one who composes or writes a book; a composer, as distinguished from an editor, translator, or compiler

  3. Author(noun)

    the editor of a periodical

  4. Author(noun)

    an informant

  5. Author(verb)

    to occasion; to originate

  6. Author(verb)

    to tell; to say; to declare

  7. Origin: [OE. authour, autour, OF. autor, F. auteur, fr. L. auctor, sometimes, but erroneously, written autor or author, fr. augere to increase, to produce. See Auction, n.]

Freebase

  1. Author

    An author is broadly defined as "the person who originated or gave existence to anything" and whose authorship determines responsibility for what was created. Narrowly defined, an author is the originator of any written work.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Author

    awth′or, n. one who originates or brings anything into being: a beginner or first mover of any action or state of things: the writer of an original book: elliptically for an author's writings: one's authority for something: an informant:—fem. Auth′oress.—adjs. Authō′rial, Auth′orish; Authorīs′able.—n. Authorisā′tion.—v.t. Auth′orise, to give authority to: to sanction: to permit: to justify: to establish by authority.—adj. Auth′orless, anonymous.—ns. Auth′orling, a petty author; Auth′orship, Auth′oring, Auth′orism, state or quality of being an author. [Through Fr. from L. auctoraugēre, auctum, to cause things to increase, to produce.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'author' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2298

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'author' in Nouns Frequency: #683

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of author in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of author in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Khalil Gibran Muhammad:

    How often does the publishing industry have the rare opportunity to publish a second work of an author whose promise was so great but who never completed a second project?

  2. Jim Naughtie:

    I've got a letter here that was sent out by OUP to an author doing something for young people, among the things prohibited in the text that was commissioned by OUP was the following : pigs plus sausages, or anything else that could be perceived as pork.

  3. Archibald MacLeish:

    The one man who should never attempt an explanation of a poem is its author. If the poem can be improved by it's author's explanations it never should have been published, and if the poem cannot be improved by its author's explanations the explanations are scarcely worth reading.

  4. Faber Faber:

    It is difficult to express our profound sadness at losing P. D. James, one of the world's great writers and a Faber author since her first publication in 1962, she was so very remarkable in every aspect of her life, an inspiration and great friend to us all. We will miss her hugely.

  5. Kimberly Johnson:

    I was proud to be African-American because I looked at them and thought what a wonderful thing they had done to open the path for me as a children's author, i know I would not be where I am today if folks before me had not forged the way, so I was very honored to be in there presence.

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