author
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈɔː.θə/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈɔ.θɚ/
  • (cot-caught) IPA: /ˈɑ.θɚ/
  • (obsolete) IPA: /ˈɒː.təɹ/
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.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 3”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      Eternal King; thee, Author of all being.
    • 1661, John Fell (bishop), 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 […]
    • The chief glory of every people arises from its authors.
    1. (with definite article: "the author") I, me. used in academic articles instead of a first-person pronoun.
    Have you read any Corinthian authors?
    • 1661, John Fell (bishop), 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 […]
  2. Someone who writes books for a living.
  3. (obsolete) One's authority for something: an informant.
    • 1699, Seven new Colloquies translated out of Erasmus
      Let me inform you en passant, Ladies, that those Villains the Heathens, as my Authors tell me, (and I thought it wou'd[sic] not be amiss to communicate such a nice Observation to this House) used to call our Saviour Chrestus, and not Christus, by way of Contempt and Derision […]
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author (authors, present participle authoring; past and past participle authored)

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