Definition: Author

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From Middle English auctour, from Anglo-Norman autour, from Old French autor, from Latin auctor, from augeō (“to increase, originate”).


author (plural authors)

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


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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