[ oh-tur; French oh-tœr ]
/ oʊˈtɜr; French oʊˈtœr /
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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.
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Origin of auteur
1960–65; <French: literally, author, originator <Latin auctor.See author
OTHER WORDS FROM auteurau·teur·ism, nounau·teur·ist, adjective, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for auteur
Sarris is the American critic most responsible for importing the auteur theory to the US.The tangled history behind David Fincher’s Mank — and its link to Citizen Kane — explained|Alissa Wilkinson|December 4, 2020|Vox
More seriousness, more Issues, more auteurism—and less laughter.Why I Fell in Love With ‘Louie’ Again, Artistic Pretensions and All|Andrew Romano|June 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for auteur
/ (ɔːˈtɜː) /
a director whose creative influence on a film is so great as to be considered its author
Derived forms of auteurauteurism, nounauteurist, adjective
Word Origin for auteur
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