|Language:||Old North French|
|Origin:||auctour, from Latin auctor 'maker, writer', from augere; AUGMENT|
au‧thor1 W2 [countable]
someone who has written a book [= writer]:
Nothomb is a Belgian author.
He was the author of two books on China.
It's clear that the author is a woman.
the person who starts a plan or idea
the author of the state reforms
—authorial adjective [only before noun]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