authorship

noun
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.

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There’s an irresistible tactility to typing on a typewriter, a satisfying sound, a feeling of authentic authorship. Katherine Roth, Twin Cities, "Clickety clack, let’s look back: Typewriters return," 14 July 2019 Performing The Beatles song catalogue from memory, Jack takes credit for authorship. Armond White, National Review, "Yesterday Is Cynical, Fake Nostalgia," 28 June 2019 The 2018 study was Shahar’s first paper with senior authorship. NBC News, "Questions raised about study linking phones to bone spurs in the skull," 25 June 2019 For one, artistic gravity is shifting from creation to reception and from sole authorship to crowdsourcing. Namwali Serpell, New York Times, "How Social-Media Meme-Makers Rescued ‘Game of Thrones’ From Itself," 6 June 2019 There’s an irresistible tactility to typing on a typewriter, a satisfying sound, a feeling of authentic authorship. Washington Post, "Clickety clack, let’s look back: Typewriters return," 3 July 2019 There’s an irresistible tactility to typing on a typewriter, a satisfying sound, a feeling of authentic authorship. Katherine Roth, BostonGlobe.com, "‘It’s an instant printer’: Younger generation falls in love with typewriters," 3 July 2019 On the application, the lawsuit said, Nike claimed authorship in 2014 of the logo and rights and permissions to the logo. Jill Martin, CNN, "Kawhi Leonard sues Nike over his personal logo," 4 June 2019 The larger question here, for this journalism project, concerns authorship: Who gets to tell what stories. National Geographic, "Could a woman walk around the world today?," 5 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of authorship

1710, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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authorship

noun

English Language Learners Definition of authorship

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

authorship

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

Kids Definition of authorship

: the profession of writing

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