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"


  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.]


  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


  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. Robert Burton:

    The devil is the author of confusion.

  2. Connor Franta:

    I never thought of myself as an author.

  3. Peter Schweizer:

    It's not up to an author to prove crime.

  4. Eric Goldberg:

    the single most important surviving author from fifth-century Gaul

  5. Seneca:

    I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good.

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