a person engaged in writing books, articles, stories, etc., especially as an occupation or profession; an author or journalist.
a clerk, scribe, or the like.
a person who commits his or her thoughts, ideas, etc., to writing: an expert letter writer.
(in a piece of writing) the author (used as a circumlocution for “I,” “me,” “my,” etc.): The writer wishes to state….
a person who writes or is able to write: a writer in script.
Stock Exchange. someone who sells options.
Scot. a lawyer or solicitor.

before 900; Middle English, Old English wrītere. See write, -er1

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writer (ˈraɪtə)
1.  a person who writes books, articles, etc, esp as an occupation
2.  the person who has written something specified
3.  a person who is able to write or write well
4.  a scribe or clerk
5.  a composer of music
6.  (Scot) a legal practitioner, such as a notary or solicitor
7.  Writer to the Signet (in Scotland) a member of an ancient society of solicitors, now having the exclusive privilege of preparing crown writs

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What often happens is that the writer misunderstands some aspect of the editing
  and loses confidence in the editor.
Note how in the second paragraph the writer refers specifically to the position
The cost for the writer is that publishers' budgets and schedules simply don't
  allow unlimited attention to one manuscript.
Finally, the desperate editor sent an equally desperate illustrator to search
  out the writer.
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