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Topic: NEWSPAPERS, PUBLISHING

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old North French
Origin: auctour, from Latin auctor 'maker, writer', from augere; AUGMENT

author

1 noun
     
au‧thor1 W2 [countable]
1TCN someone who has written a book [= writer]:
Nothomb is a Belgian author.
author of
He was the author of two books on China.
It's clear that the author is a woman.
2 formal the person who starts a plan or idea
author of
the author of the state reforms
authorial adjective [only before noun]
WORD FOCUS: book WORD FOCUS: book
a book about imaginary events: novel, thriller, mystery, horror story, love story, detective story, whodunit

books about imaginary events in general: fiction, science fiction, romantic fiction, crime fiction, chick lit informal

famous or important novels, poems etc : literature

books about real events: non-fiction

a book that gives information: reference book, encyclopedia, textbook

a book about someone's life: biography, autobiography, journal, diary

someone who writes books: writer, author, novelist

a book with a hard cover: hardback /hardcover American English

a book with a cover made of paper or card: paperback


See also
book
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