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.]

Matched Categories

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

How to pronounce author?

How to say author in sign language?

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. 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. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    1. Peering into reality, you see more, you see superfluous. 2. Love will disappear only greedy egoism will remain when people are born only from a test tube, and surrogate mothers. Surrogate love is replaced by lust. Love will die, only greedy lust will remain. 3. Human instincts deprive of honor and give rise to the vices of despair, and this is worse than animals. 4. Life is the nostalgia of happiness which is replaced by the amnesia of eternity. Consciousness turns into undead, merged together with the endless voids of reality. 5. Life is the rate of rotting meat, accelerates maturity or infantilism in which a desperate attempt is made to prolong happiness. Author: Musin Almat Zhumabekovich

  3. Steven Rinella:

    I started out as a magazine writer, then author, now I’m a podcaster and TV host.

  4. Isaac D?Israeli:

    Is a preface exquisitely written? No literary morsel is more delicious. Is the author inveterately dull? It is a kind of preparatory information, which may be very useful. It argues a deficiency of taste to turn over an elaborate preface unread: for it is the attar of the author?s roses, every drop distilled at an immense cost. It is the reason of the reasoning, and the folly of the foolish.

  5. Henry Miller:

    The great work must inevitably be obscure, except to the very few, to those who like the author himself are initiated into the mysteries. Communication then is secondary: it is perpetuation which is important. For this only one good reader is necessary.

Popularity rank by frequency of use

author#1#420#10000

Translations for author

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for author »

Translation

Find a translation for the author definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Discuss these author definitions with the community:

0 Comments

    Citation

    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

    Style:MLAChicagoAPA

    "author." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 26 May 2022. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/author>.

    Are we missing a good definition for author? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Image or illustration of

    author

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Quiz

    Are you a words master?

    »
    a state of dishonor
    • A. scholastic
    • B. mitre
    • C. ignominy
    • D. canopy

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for author: