Alternative formsEdit

  • autor, author (considered to be incorrect, but do at least occur in older New Latin)


augeō (to increase, nourish) +‎ -tor



auctor m (genitive auctōris, feminine auctrīx); third declension

  1. seller, vendor
  2. author
  3. (figuratively) authorship, agency, encouragement
  4. (poetic) the Creator, God
  5. (also Medieval Latin) one who gives increase (hence: an originator, causer, doer, founder)


Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative auctor auctōrēs
Genitive auctōris auctōrum
Dative auctōrī auctōribus
Accusative auctōrem auctōrēs
Ablative auctōre auctōribus
Vocative auctor auctōrēs

Derived termsEdit



  • auctor in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • auctor in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • auctor in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • auctor in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to have as authority for a thing: auctore aliquo uti ad aliquid
    • an historian: rerum auctor (as authority)
    • the writer, author: scriptor (not auctor = guarantor)
    • (ambiguous) to give a person advice: auctorem esse alicui, ut
    • (ambiguous) to have as authority for a thing: auctorem aliquem habere alicuius rei
    • (ambiguous) the book is attributed to an unknown writer: liber refertur ad nescio quem auctorem
    • (ambiguous) statesmen: auctores consilii publici
  • auctor in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • auctor in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[2], pre-publication website, 2005-2016
  • auctor in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin

Middle EnglishEdit



  1. Alternative form of auctour



auctor m (plural auctores, feminine auctora, feminine plural auctoras)

  1. Obsolete spelling of autor