author etymology

English word author comes from Proto-Italic *augeō (To enlarge. To increase.)

Detailed word origin of author

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*augeō Proto-Italic (itc-pro) To enlarge. To increase.
augeo Latin (lat) (figuratively) I exalt, praise. I enlarge, spread, expand. I exaggerate. I honor, enrich. I increase, augment. I lengthen.
auctus Latin (lat) Ample. Enlarged. Enriched.
auctor Latin (lat) (Medieval Latin) one who gives increase (hence: an originator, causer, doer, founder). (figuratively) authorship, agency, encouragement. (poetic) the Creator, God. Author. Seller, vendor.
autor Old French (fro) Author (writer). Creator; instigator.
autour Anglo-Norman (xno)
author English (eng) (the author) I, me. used in academic articles as first-person pronoun.. Someone who writes books for a living.. The originator or creator of a work, especially of a literary composition.. The works of an author or authors. (chiefly, US, sometimes, proscribed) To create a work as its author.

Words with the same origin as author

Descendants of *augeō
auction august authority authorization authorize auxiliary