author | Meaning of author in English, Latin, and Middle English with examples - infoAnew" /> author" /> author" /> author definition" /> author in a sentence" />

🤩 Discover new information from across the web

author definition


This page has 7 definitions of author in English, Latin, and Middle English. Author is a noun and verb. Examples of how to use author in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

English author definition

Alternative forms


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 Middle French autheur, is unetymological as there is no h in the original Latin spelling. The OED attributes the h to contamination by authentic.



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.
    Have you read any Corinthian authors?
  2. Someone who writes books for a living.
  3. (obsolete, criminal law) Principal.
    • 1894, Franco-Siamese Mixed Court, The Case of Kieng Chek (Kham Muon) before the Franco-Siamese Mixed Court[1], Bangkok: n.p., page 4:
      Accomplices of a crime or an offence shall incur the same punishment as the authors of such a crime or offence, except when the law will have disposed otherwise.
  4. (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 []


Derived terms

Related terms


The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Dictionary:Entry layout § Translations.


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.

Derived terms



Latin author definition



author m (genitive authōris); third declension

  1. (proscribed) Alternative form of auctor


Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative author authōrēs
Genitive authōris authōrum
Dative authōrī authōribus
Accusative authōrem authōrēs
Ablative authōre authōribus
Vocative author authōrēs


  • author”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
    auctor”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • auctor in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette, page 184f.

Middle English author definition



  1. Alternative form of auctour