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literary agent


an agent who represents an author in dealings with publishers


person noun (people)


literary agents

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Princeton WordNet

Definition references


Literary agent

an agent who represents writers and their written works to publishers, theatrical producers and film producers and assists in the sale and deal negotiation of the same. Literary agents most often represent novelists, screenwriters and non-fiction... (36 of 1168 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Literary agent

Collins Dictionary:

literary agent | literary agency [noun, derived]

a person who manages the business affairs of an author (10 of 382 words, 8 usage examples)


Oxford Dictionary:

literary agent

a professional agent who acts on behalf of an author in dealing with publishers and others involved in promoting the author's work (22 of 47 words)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

literary agent [countable] | literary agents [plural]

someone whose job is to help a writer to sell his or her work (14 of 43 words)



literary agent | literary agents [plural]

A person who represents writers and their written works to publishers and film producers and assists in the sale and deal negotiation of the same. (25 of 26 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/literary agent

Cambridge Dictionary:

literary agent

someone who deals with a writer's business matters (8 of 13 words)


Britannica Encyclopedia:

agent [computer science] | softbot ("software robot") [synonym]

a computer program that performs various actions continuously and autonomously on behalf of an individual or an organization. For example, an agent ... (22 of 333 words, 1 image)



agent | agt [abbreviation] | agency [synonym, sense-specific] | instrument [synonym, sense-specific] | instrumentality [synonym, sense-specific] | machinery [synonym, sense-specific] | means [synonym, sense-specific] | medium [synonym, sense-specific] | ministry [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

one that acts or exerts power | something that produces or is capable of producing an effect; an active or efficient cause ; a chemically, physically, ... (25 of 244 words, 5 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)


Random House Dictionary:

agent | Agt. [abbreviation] | Indian agent [sense-specific]

a person or business authorized to act on another's behalf. | a person or thing that acts or has the power to act. | a natural force or object ... (27 of 242 words, 16 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)


American Heritage Dictionary:

agent | agented [past tense] | agenting [present participle] | agents [3rd-person singular present]

One that acts or has the power or authority to act. | One empowered to act for or represent another | A means by which something is done or caused; ... (28 of 138 words, 9 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)


New World Dictionary:

agent | agt [abbreviation]

a person or thing that performs an action or brings about a certain result, or that is able to do so | an active force or substance producing an ... (28 of 94 words, 7 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)


Encarta Dictionary:

literary agent | literary agents [plural]

somebody whose job is to negotiate business contracts on behalf of an author (13 of 25 words)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861698992​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Macmillan British Dictionary:

literary agent [countable] | literary agents [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "literary agent"


Macmillan American Dictionary:

literary agent [countable] | literary agents [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "literary agent"


Cambridge Dictionary:

literary agent

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "literary agent"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "literary agent"


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