[ awk-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-, ouk- ]
/ ɔkˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-, ˈaʊk- /


of, by, or pertaining to an author: auctorial changes made in the manuscript margin; auctorial rights.


Can You Remember Your Favorite Words Of The Day From March?
Even if you’re a habitué of Word of the Day, you haven’t seen our March words in these ways! Challenge yourself to our comprehensive quiz!
Question 1 of 15
What does "habitué" mean?

Origin of auctorial

1815–25; < Latin auctor author + -ial Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for auctorial

  • The auctorial report (which, by the way, is full of common sense) envisages immense changes in the book market.

    Books and Persons|Arnold Bennett
  • Last of all, auctorial pride in the young mans width of shoulder, blended with soft recollections of the time he dandled him.

    Cradock Nowell, Vol. 3 (of 3)|Richard Doddridge Blackmore

British Dictionary definitions for auctorial

/ (ɔːkˈtɔːrɪəl) /


of or relating to an author

Word Origin for auctorial

C19: from Latin auctor author
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012