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]
Au·thor v. t.
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.
n 1: writes (books or stories or articles or the like)
professionally (for pay) [syn: writer]
2: someone who originates or causes or initiates something; "he
was the generator of several complaints" [syn: generator,
v : be the author of; "She authored this play"