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From Anglo-Norman autour, from Old French autor, from Latin auctor, from augeō (to increase, originate). The h, also found in Middle French autheur, is unetymological as there is no h in the original Latin spelling. The OED attributes the h to contamination by authentic.



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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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 in Project Gutenberg: simply · terrible · Tom · #858: author · authority · pleasant · forget




author m (genitive authōris); third declension

  1. Alternative form of auctor


Third declension.

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