Definitions for authorˈɔ θər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

au•thorˈɔ θər(n.)

  1. the composer of a literary work; writer.

    Category: Literature

  2. the literature produced by a writer:

    to edit an author.

    Category: Literature

  3. the maker of anything; creator; originator:

    the author of a new tax plan.

  4. Computers.the writer of a software program, esp. a hypertext or multimedia application.

    Category: Computers

  5. (v.t.)to be the author of.

    Category: Literature

Origin of author:

1250–1300; earlier auct(h)or, ME auto(u)r < AF < L auctor writer, progenitor <augēre to increase, augment

au•tho•ri•alɔˈθɔr i əl, ɔˈθoʊr-(adj.)

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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. author(noun)ˈɔ θər

    a person who writes

    a world-famous author; the author of the article


  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


  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.

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

Translations for author

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the writer of a book, article, play etc

He used to be a well-known author but his books are out of print now.

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