An author is a person who writes books or articles, usually for money. It can also refer to the person responsible for something, like the author of a plan to overthrow the student government.

Author comes from the Latin word auctorem, meaning "founder, master, leader." Bow down to the author! Well, no need for that, just make sure the author gets credit. Author usually refers to a professional writer. In fact, author can be used interchangeably with the word writer. But author packs a little more punch — an author is involved in the creation of the work and generating the ideas behind it. Strictly speaking, a writer could just execute the written product.

Definitions of author

n a person who writes (books or stories or articles or the like) professionally (for pay)

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abstracter, abstractor
one who makes abstracts or summarizes information
a speaker or writer who makes use of alliteration
a woman author
someone who writes an account of a person's life
coauthor, joint author
a writer who collaborates with others in writing something
commentator, reviewer
a writer who reports and analyzes events of the day
a person who compiles information (as for reference purposes)
a writer whose work is published in a newspaper or magazine or as part of a book
a writer of science fiction set in a lawless subculture of an oppressive society dominated by computer technology
a writer of a draft
dramatist, playwright
someone who writes plays
essayist, litterateur
a writer of literary works
folk writer
a writer of folktales
someone who writes a new law or plan
gagman, gagster, gagwriter
someone who writes comic material for public performers
ghost, ghostwriter
a writer who gives the credit of authorship to someone else
Gothic romancer
a writer of Gothic romances
hack, hack writer, literary hack
a mediocre and disdained writer
a writer for newspapers and magazines
author of words to be set to music in an opera or operetta
lyricist, lyrist
a person who writes the words for songs
one who writes novels
a writer of pamphlets (usually taking a partisan stand on public issues)
a writer of paragraphs (as for publication on the editorial page of a newspaper)
a writer of poems (the term is usually reserved for writers of good poetry)
polemic, polemicist, polemist
a writer who argues in opposition to others (especially in theology)
poetiser, poetizer, rhymer, rhymester, versifier
a writer who composes rhymes; a maker of poor verses (usually used as terms of contempt for minor or inferior poets)
a writer of screenplays
someone who writes scripts for plays or movies or broadcast dramas
space writer
a writer paid by the area of the copy
a writer who composes speeches for others to deliver
a writer (especially a playwright) who writes tragedies
a writer who uses language carelessly or pretentiously with little regard for meaning
a writer of vivid or graphic descriptive power
a fluent and prolific writer
someone who writes their own biography
a lyric poet
broadcast journalist
a journalist who broadcasts on radio or television
columnist, editorialist
a journalist who writes editorials
correspondent, newspaperman, newspaperwoman, newswriter, pressman
a journalist employed to provide news stories for newspapers or broadcast media
the author of a mournful poem lamenting the dead
encyclopaedist, encyclopedist
a person who compiles information for encyclopedias
folk poet
a folk writer who composes in verse
a journalist who writes for a gazette
hagiographer, hagiographist, hagiologist
the author of a worshipful or idealizing biography
lexicographer, lexicologist
a compiler or writer of a dictionary; a student of the lexical component of language
a poet who writes odes
a journalist who presents a story primarily through the use of photographs
a woman poet
poet laureate
the poet officially appointed to the royal household in Great Britain
poet laureate
a poet who is unofficially regarded as holding an honorary position in a particular group or region
film writer, screenwriter
someone who writes screenplays
penman, scribbler, scribe
informal terms for journalists
sob sister
a journalist who specializes in sentimental stories
a poet who writes sonnets
sports writer, sportswriter
a journalist who writes about sports
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a person who communicates with others

n someone who originates or causes or initiates something

generator, source
someone who is a source of new words or new expressions
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maker, shaper
a person who makes things

v be the author of

“She authored this play”
be a co-author on (a book, a paper)
ghost, ghostwrite
write for someone else
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compose, indite, pen, write
produce a literary work

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