auteur

[ 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.

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Origin of auteur

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

OTHER WORDS FROM auteur

au·teur·ism, nounau·teur·ist, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for auteur

auteur
/ (ɔːˈtɜː) /

noun

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

Derived forms of auteur

auteurism, nounauteurist, adjective

Word Origin for auteur

French: author
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