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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Au"thor
Senses
  1. The beginner, former, or first mover of anything; hence, the efficient cause of a thing; a creator; an originator."Eternal King; thee, Author of all being." [Milton.]
  2. One who composes or writes a book; a composer, as distinguished from an editor, translator, or compiler."The chief glory of every people arises from its authors." [Johnson.]
  3. The editor of a periodical.(Obs)
  4. An informant.(Archaic)

Etymology: OE. authour autour, OF. autor, F. auteur, fr. L. auctor, sometimes, but erroneously, written autor or author, fr. augere to increase, to produce. See Auction (n.)

verb Au"thor
Senses
  1. To occasion; to originate.(Obs)"Such an overthrow . . . I have authored." [Chapman.]
  2. To tell; to say; to declare.(Obs)"More of him I dare not author." [Massinger.]
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Someone who originates or causes or initiates something
  2. Writes (books or stories or articles or the like) professionally (for pay)
  3. Be the author of ("She authored this play")
Wiktionary

From Anglo-Norman autour, from Old French autor, from Latin auctor, from augeō (“to increase, originate”). The h is unetymological as there is no h in the original Latin spelling. This may be from the Middle French spelling autheur.

  1. The originator or creator of a work, especially of a literary composition.
    The copyright of any original writing belongs initially and properly to its .
    1. (the author) I, me. used in academic articles as first-person pronoun.
  2. Someone who writes books for a living.
  3. The works of an author or authors.
    Have you read any Corinthian ?

author was also found in the following language(s): Latin

Notable Persons Named Author

Author & Punisher is a doom metal, industrial metal, drone music, breakcore, and power electronics (music) musician. They were most prominent from 2004 to present. Author was given the name Tristan Shone on October 18th, 1977.

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Author was born on December 1st, 1969. Author is also known as Tosca Moon.

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author Nate Green is a writer. author was born on May 25th, 1985.

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Author was born in 1889. He left this life in 1969.

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How popular is the baby name Author in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 6 0 6
1881 5 0 5
1882 8 0 8
1883 11 0 11
1884 6 0 6
1886 7 0 7
1887 6 0 6
1890 8 0 8
1892 5 0 5
1893 5 0 5
1894 10 0 10
1898 11 0 11
1900 7 0 7
1901 6 0 6
1902 5 0 5
1903 6 0 6
1904 10 0 10
1905 9 0 9
1907 7 0 7
1908 10 0 10
1909 7 0 7
1910 16 0 16
1911 7 0 7
1912 14 0 14
1913 18 0 18
1914 19 0 19
1915 21 0 21
1916 33 0 33
1917 26 0 26
1918 30 0 30
1919 38 0 38
1920 42 0 42
1921 41 0 41
1922 54 0 54
1923 46 0 46
1924 43 0 43
1925 38 0 38
1926 49 0 49
1927 45 0 45
1928 49 0 49
1929 44 0 44
1930 51 0 51
1931 36 0 36
1932 42 0 42
1933 59 0 59
1934 29 0 29
1935 37 0 37
1936 43 0 43
1937 49 0 49
1938 40 0 40
1939 43 0 43
1940 46 0 46
1941 36 0 36
1942 45 0 45
1943 45 0 45
1944 37 0 37
1945 35 0 35
1946 46 0 46
1947 35 0 35
1948 29 0 29
1949 40 0 40
1950 39 0 39
1951 40 0 40
1952 31 0 31
1953 18 0 18
1954 38 0 38
1955 29 0 29
1956 28 0 28
1957 16 0 16
1958 25 0 25
1959 22 0 22
1960 16 0 16
1961 12 0 12
1962 19 0 19
1963 12 0 12
1964 12 0 12
1965 8 0 8
1966 9 0 9
1967 7 0 7
1968 17 0 17
1969 10 0 10
1970 6 0 6
1972 7 0 7
1974 6 0 6
1975 13 0 13
1976 9 0 9
1977 7 0 7
1979 6 0 6
1980 5 0 5
1981 6 0 6
1984 5 0 5
1986 5 0 5
1987 7 0 7
1991 12 0 12
1992 8 0 8
1993 7 0 7
1995 5 0 5

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Fun Facts about the name Author

  • How Popular is the name Author? Author is the 6,434th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Author have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,173 babies born with the first name Author in the United States. That's more than enough people named Author to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Author? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Author first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Author is Thursday, February 25th, 1875.
  • What year had the most people named Author born? The highest recorded use of the first name Author was in 1933 with a total of 59 babies.
  • Random Author Factoid: According to the 1935 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Author is not a popular baby boy's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 8 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 1935.
  • Weird things about the name Author: Your name in reverse order is Rohtua. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Hrouat. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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