[ rahy-ter ]
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  1. a person engaged in writing books, articles, stories, etc., especially as an occupation or profession; an author or journalist.

  2. a clerk, scribe, or the like.

  1. a person who commits their thoughts, ideas, etc., to writing: She's an expert letter writer.

  2. (in a piece of writing) the author (used as a circumlocution for “I,” “me,” “my,” etc.): The writer wishes to state….

  3. a person who writes or is able to write: a writer in script.

  4. Stock Exchange. someone who sells options.

  5. Scot. a lawyer or solicitor.

Origin of writer

First recorded before 900; Middle English, Old English wrītere; see origin at write, -er1

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How to use writer in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for writer


/ (ˈraɪtə) /

  1. a person who writes books, articles, etc, esp as an occupation

  2. the person who has written something specified

  1. a person who is able to write or write well

  2. a scribe or clerk

  3. a composer of music

  4. Scot a legal practitioner, such as a notary or solicitor

  5. Writer to the Signet (in Scotland) a member of an ancient society of solicitors, now having the exclusive privilege of preparing crown writs

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