Definitions for: Author

[n] someone who originates or causes or initiates something; "he was the generator of several complaints"
[v] be the author of; "She authored this play"

Webster (1913) Definition: Au"thor ([add]"th[~e]r), n. [OE. authour, autour, OF.
autor, F. auteur, fr. L. auctor, sometimes, but erroneously,
written autor or author, fr. augere to increase, to produce.
See Auction, n.]
1. The beginner, former, or first mover of anything; hence,
the efficient cause of a thing; a creator; an originator.

Eternal King; thee, Author of all being. --Milton.

2. One who composes or writes a book; a composer, as
distinguished from an editor, translator, or compiler.

The chief glory of every people arises from its
authors. --Johnson.

3. The editor of a periodical. [Obs.]

4. An informant. [Archaic] --Chaucer.

Au"thor ([add]"th[~e]r), v. t.
1. To occasion; to originate. [Obs.]

Such an overthrow . . . I have authored. --Chapman.

2. To tell; to say; to declare. [Obs.]

More of him I dare not author. --Massinger.

Synonyms: generator, source, writer

See Also: abstracter, abstractor, Aiken, Alger, Algren, alliterator, Ambrose Bierce, Ambrose Gwinett Bierce, Andersen, Anderson, Aragon, Asch, Asimov, Auchincloss, Austen, authoress, Baldwin, Baraka, Barth, Barthelme, Baum, Beckett, Beerbohm, Bellow, Benchley, Benet, Bierce, biographer, coauthor, co-author, coiner, commentator, communicator, compiler, compose, Conrad Aiken, Conrad Potter Aiken, contributor, Donald Barthelme, drafter, dramatist, encyclopedist, essayist, folk writer, framer, Frank Baum, gagman, gagster, gagwriter, ghost, ghost, ghostwrite, ghostwriter, Gothic romancer, hack, hack writer, Hans Christian Andersen, Horatio Alger, Imamu Amiri Baraka, indite, Isaac Asimov, James Arthur Baldwin, James Baldwin, Jane Austen, John Barth, John Simmons Barth, joint author, journalist, LeRoi Jones, librettist, literary hack, litterateur, Louis Aragon, Louis Auchincloss, Louis Stanton Auchincloss, Lyman Frank Brown, lyricist, maker, Max Beerbohm, Nelson Algren, novelist, pamphleteer, paragrapher, pen, playwright, poet, poetiser, poetizer, reviewer, rhymer, rhymester, Robert Benchley, Robert Charles Benchley, Samuel Beckett, Saul Bellow, scenarist, scriptwriter, Shalom Asch, shaper, Sherwood Anderson, Sholem Asch, Sholom Asch, Sir Henry Maxmilian Beerbohm, space writer, speechwriter, tragedian, versifier, William Rose Benet, wordmonger, word-painter, wordsmith, write

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