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 Even in antiquity, there were some clues that the authorship of the Iliad and the Odyssey might be a complicated affair. Adam Kirsch, The New Yorker, 7 June 2021 His deceit was wide-ranging and unsettling, and prompted questions within the publishing industry about authorship, privilege and identity. Annabel Gutterman, Time, 14 May 2021 Forget about authorship of the classics, argued Milman Parry. Wsj Books Staff, WSJ, 14 May 2021 There was no, sort of, sharing of authorship, right? Washington Post, 12 May 2021 Its authorship is unknown (to me, anyway) at this time, although its charges and intimations are indeed reflective of at least some Regis parents. Jack Fowler, National Review, 28 Apr. 2021 Networked creativity is also what makes authorship so vital. Angela Watercutter, Wired, 12 Apr. 2021 The point of linking an NFT to digital art is to offer a permanent certificate of authenticity, as well as a way of tracking the art’s authorship and the collector’s ownership. Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, 30 Apr. 2021 Recently, questions about authorship and intellectual property — as well as profits — have embroiled the world of comic book artists who sell NFTs of drawings depicting characters owned by major houses like Marvel or DC Comics. Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of authorship

1710, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Jun 2021

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“Authorship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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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


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

Kids Definition of authorship

: the profession of writing

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