[ oh-tur; French oh-tœr ]
/ oʊˈtɜr; French oʊˈtœr /

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.

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


/ (ɔːˈtɜː) /


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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