Author 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. [1913 Webster]

Eternal King; thee, Author of all being. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. One who composes or writes a book; a composer, as distinguished from an editor, translator, or compiler. [1913 Webster]

The chief glory of every people arises from its authors. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

3. The editor of a periodical. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

4. An informant. [Archaic] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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