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The definition of auteur is a person who is so involved in its development that his creative vision is evident in the film.
A film director with his own unique style of movie is an example of an auteur.
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
noun pl. auteurs
- the primary creator of a film, esp. the director
- a film director with a distinctive personal style
Origin: French author
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
A filmmaker, usually a director, who exercises creative control over his or her works and has a strong personal style.
Origin: French, from Old French autor, author; see author.