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[oh-tur; French oh-tœr] /oʊˈtɜr; French oʊˈtœr/
noun, plural auteurs
[oh-turz; French oh-tœr] /oʊˈtɜrz; French oʊˈtœr/ (Show IPA)
a filmmaker whose individual style and complete control over all elements of production give a film its personal and unique stamp.
Origin of auteur
1960-65; < French: literally, author, originator < Latin auctor. See author
Related forms
auteurism, noun
auteurist, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • Or you could consider him an auteur even of the cartoons whose ideas he did not directly come up with.
  • The screens handed us the story, showing us an anxious auteur trying to outrun a calm and playful alpha.
  • In an era of high-tech wizardry, the anime auteur makes magic the old way.
British Dictionary definitions for auteur


a director whose creative influence on a film is so great as to be considered its author
Derived Forms
auteurism, noun
auteurist, adjective
Word Origin
French: author
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Word Origin and History for auteur

1962, from French, literally "author" (see author (n.)).

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