[oh-tur; French oh-tœr]

noun, plural au·teurs [oh-turz; French oh-tœr] /oʊˈtɜrz; French oʊˈtœr/.

a filmmaker whose individual style and complete control over all elements of production give a film its personal and unique stamp.

Nearby words

  1. autecious,
  2. auteciously,
  3. autecism,
  4. autecology,
  5. auteuil,
  6. auteur theory,
  7. auth.,
  8. auth. ver.,
  9. authentic,
  10. authentical

Origin of auteur

1960–65; < French: literally, author, originator < Latin auctor. See author

Related formsau·teur·ism, nounau·teur·ist, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for auteur



a director whose creative influence on a film is so great as to be considered its author
Derived Formsauteurism, nounauteurist, adjective

Word Origin for auteur

French: author

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Word Origin and History for auteur



1962, from French, literally "author" (see author (n.)).

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