- authour ( obsolete )
- ( RP ) IPA: /ˈɔːθə/
- Rhymes: -ɔːθə( r )
- ( GenAm ) IPA: /ˈɔθɚ/
- ( cot–caught merger ) IPA: /ɑθɚ/
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 .
author ( plural: authors )
Explanation of author by Wordnet Dictionary
- 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.
- 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.
Definition of author by GCIDE Dictionary