- a person who writes a novel, poem, essay, etc.; the composer of a literary work, as distinguished from a compiler, translator, editor, or copyist.
- the literary production or productions of a writer: to find a passage in an author.
- the maker of anything; creator; originator: the author of a new tax plan.
- Computers. the writer of a software program, especially a hypertext or multimedia application.
- to write; be the author of: He authored a history of the Civil War.
- to originate; create a design for: She authored a new system for teaching chemistry.
Origin of author
Examples from the Web for authored
She now serves as an Associate Professor at Colorado State University and has authored several books on autism and animal science.The Most Inspiring Bits of Temple Grandin’s Reddit AMA
November 18, 2014
The piece was authored by none other than Samantha Power, who now serves as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.Morgan Fairchild: Badass Foreign Policy Wonk
October 20, 2014
Kennan was the legendary Cold War strategist who authored the doctrine of containment.Rand Paul Gives War a Chance
August 18, 2014
Einöther authored the most comprehensive review of research on caffeine to date.Forget 5-Hour Energy: Tea Is a Better Buzz
July 22, 2014
Not because he has authored or championed legislation that has expanded the scope of human freedom and flourishing.After Cochran’s Win: Red-State Socialism Must Be Stopped!
June 27, 2014
Gramps missed none of the high drama he had authored and he gave his own familiar role everything he had.The Big Trip Up Yonder
In addition to writing an autobiography, she authored articles and a swimming instruction book for women.Women's Bathing and Swimming Costume in the United States
Claudia B. Kidwell
- a person who composes a book, article, or other written workRelated adjective: auctorial
- a person who writes books as a profession; writer
- the writings of such a personreviewing a postwar author
- an originator or creatorthe author of this plan
- to write or originate
Word Origin and History for authored
c.1300, autor "father," from Old French auctor, acteor "author, originator, creator, instigator (12c., Modern French auteur), from Latin auctorem (nominative auctor) "enlarger, founder, master, leader," literally "one who causes to grow," agent noun from auctus, past participle of augere "to increase" (see augment). Meaning "one who sets forth written statements" is from late 14c. The -t- changed to -th- 16c. on mistaken assumption of Greek origin.
...[W]riting means revealing onesself to excess .... This is why one can never be alone enough when one writes, why even night is not night enough. ... I have often thought that the best mode of life for me would be to sit in the innermost room of a spacious locked cellar with my writing things and a lamp. Food would be brought and always put down far away from my room, outside the cellar's outermost door. The walk to my food, in my dressing gown, through the vaulted cellars, would be my only exercise. I would then return to my table, eat slowly and with deliberation, then start writing again at once. And how I would write! From what depths I would drag it up! [Franz Kafka]
1590s, from author (n.). Revived 1940s, chiefly U.S. Related: Authored; authoring.