What does author mean?

Definitions for author
ˈɔ θərau·thor

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. writer, authornoun

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

  2. generator, source, authorverb

    someone who originates or causes or initiates something

    "he was the generator of several complaints"

  3. authorverb

    be the author of

    "She authored this play"

Wiktionary

  1. authornoun

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

    Etymology: 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.

  2. authornoun

    Someone who writes books for a living; a bookwright.

    Etymology: 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.

  3. authorverb

    To create a work as its author.

    Etymology: 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. Authornoun

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Authornoun

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  3. Authornoun

    the editor of a periodical

    Etymology: [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.]

  4. Authornoun

    an informant

    Etymology: [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.]

  5. Authorverb

    to occasion; to originate

    Etymology: [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.]

  6. Authorverb

    to tell; to say; to declare

    Etymology: [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.]

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  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

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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

Examples of author in a Sentence

  1. Meghan Markle:

    Grant Harrold insisted. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry pose for photos and show off Meghan Markle engagement ring. ( AP) Sally Bedell Smith, author of Prince Charles : The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life, although Meghan has had a successful career in acting, I believe she will quit the profession.

  2. Emily Miller:

    We must discuss whether we should change how we monitor pregnant women right now, i was surprised the author started talking about changes in care based on this study.

  3. The Times:

    Ms. Brown described herself in an interview as a government contractor — ‘almost like a broker,’ she said — who does not keep employees or specialize in any field but is able to procure subcontracted work as needed, and get a cut of the money along the way. She claims a fashion line and has several self-published books, and describes herself on Twitter as ‘A Diva, Mogul, Author, Idealist with scars to prove it,’.

  4. 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.

  5. Edward Gibbon:

    The author himself is the best judge of his own performance; none has so deeply meditated on the subject; none is so sincerely interested in the event.

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