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 Each has claimed authorship of a handwritten note displayed at one of the hearings that provided instructions for what the president could have told the rioters on Jan. 6. New York Times, 23 July 2022 About 15 percent of female survey respondents cited discrimination or bias as the reason for their authorship exclusion, compared with about 7.7 percent of men. Julianne Mcshane, Washington Post, 22 June 2022 First authorship is still the one of the most coveted items in academia, and that is unlikely to perish because of a nonhuman first author. Almira Osmanovic Thunström, Scientific American, 30 June 2022 Both men and women reported feeling excluded from authorship or feeling their work was underestimated, but women significantly more so. Elissa Welle, STAT, 23 June 2022 Complicating matters is that there are no clear rules regarding what sort of contributions are needed to receive authorship. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 22 June 2022 Nevertheless, climate-minded historians are writing papers with as many as 40 co-authors, often with natural scientists who are accustomed to co-authorship. Jacques Leslie, Wired, 15 Jan. 2022 Her second album, Sheryl Crow, made in the wake of backbiting from the musicians on Tuesday Night Music Club and press that questioned the authorship of her music, was an intense experience. Brian Hiatt, Rolling Stone, 5 May 2022 Her campaign is challenging Nadler for Jewish votes and has highlighted her authorship of a bill promoting Holocaust education and, above all, a vote against former president Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal. Nicholas Fandos,, 22 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of authorship

1710, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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31 Jul 2022

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“Authorship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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