from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The writer of a book, article, or other text.
- n. One who practices writing as a profession.
- n. One who writes or constructs an electronic document or system, such as a website.
- n. An originator or creator, as of a theory or plan.
- n. God.
- transitive v. Usage Problem To assume responsibility for the content of (a published text).
- transitive v. To write or construct (an electronic document or system): authored the company's website.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The originator or creator of a work, especially of a literary composition.
- n. Someone who writes books for a living; a bookwright.
- n. I, me. used in academic articles as first-person pronoun.
- v. To create a work as its author.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The beginner, former, or first mover of anything; hence, the efficient cause of a thing; a creator; an originator.
- n. One who composes or writes a book; a composer, as distinguished from an editor, translator, or compiler.
- n. The editor of a periodical.
- n. An informant.
- transitive v. To occasion; to originate.
- transitive v. To tell; to say; to declare.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The beginner, former, or first mover of anything; he to whom something owes its origin; originator; creator; efficient cause: as, God is the author of the universe.
- n. Cause: applied to things.
- n. The original composer of a book or writing of any kind, as distinguished from a compiler, translator, editor, or copyist.
- n. [Often used elliptically for the literary production itself: as, the statement occurs in Pliny and other ancient authors.]
- n. An editor: as, the author of the Gentleman's Magazine.
- n. A person who authorizes a statement; an authority; an informant.
- n. In Scots law, one from whom a title to property is derived either by inheritance or otherwise; especially, one from whom title is derived by purchase or otherwise than by way of descent.
- To occasion; effect; do.
- To be authority for; vouch for.
- n. plural A game of cards played with a special pack bearing the names of authors and their works.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. writes (books or stories or articles or the like) professionally (for pay)
- v. be the author of
- n. someone who originates or causes or initiates something
Middle English auctour, from Old French autor, from Latin auctor, creator, from auctus, past participle of augēre, to create.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman autour, from Old French autor, from Latin auctor, from augeō ("to increase, originate"). The h is unetymological as there is no h in the original Latin spelling. This may be from the Middle French spelling autheur. (Wiktionary)