1 a person who composes a book, article, or other written work
Related adj →
2 a person who writes books as a profession; writer
3 the writings of such a person
reviewing a postwar author
4 an originator or creator
the author of this plan
5 to write or originate
(C14: from Old French autor, from Latin auctor author, from augere to increase)
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