English - Etymology
Middle English autorite (“book or quotation that settles an argument”), from Old French auctorité, from Latin stem of auctoritas (“invention, advice, opinion, influence, command”), from auctor (“master, leader, author”)
English - Pronunciation
English - Noun
(uncountable) The power to enforce rules or give orders.
- I have the authority to penalise the staff in my department, but not the authority to sack them.
- She lost all her respect and authority after turning up drunk to the meeting.
- Respect my authority!
- 1883, Howard Pyle, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood Chapter V
- (used in singular or plural form) Persons in command; specifically, government.
- (countable) A person accepted as a source of reliable information on a subject.