au·​thor·​ship | \ ˈȯ-thər-ˌship How to pronounce authorship (audio) \

Definition of authorship

1 : the profession of writing
2 : the source (such as the author) of a piece of writing, music, or art
3 : the state or act of writing, creating, or causing

Examples of authorship in a Sentence

His first attempt at authorship failed.
Recent Examples on the Web What do copyright and authorship mean in the crowdsourced realm known as the Omegaverse. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "I don’t like Section 230 either, but Trump’s attempt to remove it is still wrong," 29 May 2020 Shkreli could not be reached for comment to confirm his authorship of the paper. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, "Martin Shkreli is trying to use the coronavirus pandemic to get out of prison," 6 Apr. 2020 Columbia's Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts helps students understand the legal issues surrounding the authorship of creative works and offers special seminars on topics ranging from theater to sports. Ashley Cullins, The Hollywood Reporter, "Top Entertainment Law Schools: 11 Colleges and Universities Where Hollywood Reporter's Power Lawyers Got Started," 2 Apr. 2020 What vitalizes them is the friction of the characters’ incongruent desires: on the one hand, to embrace the simplicity of someone else’s authority; on the other, to assert their own authorship. Sarah Resnick, The New Yorker, "Can a Novel Capture the Contradictions of Female Desire?," 24 Jan. 2020 Trump said, also without mentioning the Texas senator’s authorship. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "‘I wasn’t expecting it’: Allred’s family leave bill gets shout out in Trump’s State of the Union address," 5 Feb. 2020 Gerwig’s screenplay, ultimately, is about authorship itself and the ways that women have had to shoehorn their stories into acceptable forms across centuries. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Oscars Spotlight: The Screenplays," 29 Jan. 2020 Adam Hammond, a literature professor and digital humanities expert at the University of Toronto in Canada, wonders why 20th and 21st century readers care so deeply about authorship in the first place. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "French playwright Molière did indeed write his own masterpieces, computer science suggests," 27 Nov. 2019 The authorships, in some cases, are thought to give the children a leg-up in the country’s fiercely competitive college admissions. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Scandal of kids posing as researchers continues to grow in South Korea," 13 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of authorship

1710, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Authorship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of authorship

: the identity of the person who has written something
: the job or profession of writing


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: the profession of writing

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