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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.
1960-65; < French: literally, author, originator < Latin auctor. See author
Related forms
auteurism, noun
auteurist, adjective, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for auteurs


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 auteurs



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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