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Meaning of author by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Alternative forms


    From Anglo-Norman autour, from Old French autor, from Latin auctor, from augeō ( “to increase, originate” ). The h is unetymological as there is no h in the original Latin spelling. This may be from the Middle French spelling autheur .


    • ( RP ) IPA: /ˈɔːθə/
    Rhymes: -ɔːθə( r )
    • ( GenAm ) IPA: /ˈɔθɚ/
    • ( cot–caught merger ) IPA: /ɑθɚ/


    author ( plural: authors )

    1. The originator or creator of a work, especially of a literary composition .
    2. Someone who writes books for a living; a bookwright .


    Derived terms

    • authorable


Explanation of author by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. be the author of

    2. She authored this play
    1. someone who originates or causes or initiates something

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

    Definition of author by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Author ( athẽr ), n. [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. The beginner, former, or first mover of anything; hence, the efficient cause of a thing; a creator; an originator.

      Eternal King; thee, Author of all being. Milton.

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

      The chief glory of every people arises from its authors. Johnson.

      3. The editor of a periodical. [Obs.]

      4. An informant. [Archaic] Chaucer.

    2. Author ( athẽr ), v. t.
      1. To occasion; to originate. [Obs.]

      Such an overthrow . . . I have authored. Chapman.

      2. To tell; to say; to declare. [Obs.]

      More of him I dare not author. Massinger.