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writer

[rahy-ter] /ˈraɪ tər/
noun
1.
a person engaged in writing books, articles, stories, etc., especially as an occupation or profession; an author or journalist.
2.
a clerk, scribe, or the like.
3.
a person who commits his or her thoughts, ideas, etc., to writing:
an expert letter writer.
4.
(in a piece of writing) the author (used as a circumlocution for “I,” “me,” “my,” etc.):
The writer wishes to state….
5.
a person who writes or is able to write:
a writer in script.
6.
Stock Exchange. someone who sells options.
7.
Scot. a lawyer or solicitor.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English, Old English wrītere. See write, -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for writer

writer

/ˈraɪtə/
noun
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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Word Origin and History for writer
n.

Old English writere "one who can write, clerk; one who produces books or literary compositions," agent noun from writan (see write (v.)). Meaning "sign-painter" is from 1837. Writer's cramp attested by 1853; writer's block by 1950.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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