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Webster 1913 Edition


Author

Au′thor

(a̤′thẽr)
,
Noun.
[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
,
Noun.
]
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.

Au′thor

(a̤′thẽr)
,
Verb.
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.

Webster 1828 Edition


Author

AU'THOR

,
Noun.
[L. auctor. The Latin word is from the root of augeo, to increase, or cause to enlarge. The primary sense is one who brings or causes to come forth.]
1.
One who produces, creates, or brings into being; as, God is the author of the Universe.
2.
The beginner, former, or first mover of any thing; hence, the efficient cause of a thing. It is appropriately applied to one who composes or writes a book, or original work, and in a more general sense, to one whose occupation is to compose and write books; opposed to compiler or translator.

AU'THOR

,
Verb.
T.
To occasion; to effect. [Not used.]

Definition 2022


author

author

English

Alternative forms

Noun

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.
    • John Milton (1608-1674)
      Eternal King; thee, Author of all being.
    • 1661, John Fell, The Life of the most learned, reverend and pious Dr. H. Hammond
      During the whole time of his abode in the university he generally spent thirteen hours of the day in study; by which assiduity besides an exact dispatch of the whole course of philosophy, he read over in a manner all classic authors that are extant []
    • Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)
      The chief glory of every people arises from its authors.
    1. (the author) I, me. used in academic articles as first-person pronoun.
  2. Someone who writes books for a living.
  3. The works of an author or authors.
    Have you read any Corinthian authors?

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Verb

author (third-person singular simple present authors, present participle authoring, simple past and past participle authored)

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

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Most common English words before 1923: simply · terrible · Tom · #858: author · authority · pleasant · forget

Latin

Pronunciation

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈau̯.tʰor/, [ˈau̯.tʰɔr]

Noun

author m (genitive authōris); third declension

  1. Alternative form of auctor

Inflection

Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative author authōrēs
genitive authōris authōrum
dative authōrī authōribus
accusative authōrem authōrēs
ablative authōre authōribus
vocative author authōrēs

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