[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.
Origin of auteur
1960–65; < French: literally, author, originator < Latin auctor. See author
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
a director whose creative influence on a film is so great as to be considered its author
Word Origin for auteur
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
1962, from French, literally "author" (see author (n.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper