• Author


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

    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.

    Full definition of author



    (plural authors)
    1. The originator or creator of a work, especially of a literary composition.
      The copyright of any original writing belongs initially and properly to its author.
      1. (the author) I, me.
    2. Someone who writes books for a living.
    3. The works of an author or authors.
      Have you read any Corinthian authors?



    1. (chiefly US) To create a work as its author.

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