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

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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.
    1. (with definite article: "the author") I, me. used in academic articles instead of a first-person pronoun.
    Have you read any Corinthian authors?
  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 (third-person singular simple present authors, present participle authoring, simple past and past participle authored)

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

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Latin[edit]

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author m (genitive authōris); third declension

  1. (proscribed) Alternative form of auctor

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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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author

  1. Alternative form of auctour