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Definition of "author" []

  • The writer of a book, article, or other text. (noun)
  • One who practices writing as a profession. (noun)
  • One who writes or constructs an electronic document or system, such as a website. (noun)
  • An originator or creator, as of a theory or plan. (noun)
  • God. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "author" in a sentence
  • "The author and the minister did their parts in the ordinary pursuit of their vocations; but the _author_ did his part impersonally and indirectly, whilst the _minister_ did his part personally and face to face."
  • "It occupied a gratifying amount of space, and was introduced by a flattering biographical sketch of the author -- the _author_!"
  • "To return to our former example: _All authors are vain_ is the same as -- Vanity is predicated of all authors; _Cicero is an author_ is the same as -- Cicero is identified as an author; therefore _Cicero is vain_, or -- Vanity may be predicated of Cicero."