[ oh-tur; French oh-tœr ]

noun,plural au·teurs [oh-turz; French oh-tœr]. /oʊˈtɜrz; French oʊˈtœr/.
  1. 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

Other words from auteur

  • au·teur·ism, noun
  • au·teur·ist, adjective, noun

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How to use auteur in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for auteur


/ (ɔːˈtɜː) /

  1. a director whose creative influence on a film is so great as to be considered its author

Origin of auteur

French: author

Derived forms of auteur

  • auteurism, noun
  • auteurist, adjective

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