authorship

noun
au·​thor·​ship | \ ˈȯ-thər-ˌship \

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

How best to assign authorship is currently an open question. Ars Technica, "The Journal of Controversial Ideas—academic freedom sans responsibility is reckless," 25 Nov. 2018 More recently, there are some notable examples of pseudonymous authorship. Ars Technica, "The Journal of Controversial Ideas—academic freedom sans responsibility is reckless," 25 Nov. 2018 The younger scholar’s energy found outlets not only in authorship (reviews, essays, diaries and memoirs, as well as an extensive and far-flung correspondence), but also in academic combat, including a long tilt with left-wing revisionists. James Grant, WSJ, "Robert H. Ferrell, a Historian of Breadth and Clarity," 17 Aug. 2018 Films, models, red phones, drawings: All these elements are brought to bear and still the photographs dominate, wiping out authorship, region, even the 30-plus-year span of the exhibition. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Concrete utopia," 12 July 2018 But the fickle nature and uncertain authorship of boom times explain why historians generally don’t focus much on the economy when calculating their presidential rankings. Neil Swidey, BostonGlobe.com, "How Democrats would be better off if Bill Clinton had never been president," 10 July 2018 For a flat fee, these writers produced manuscripts based on outlines provided by the syndicate, signing away their authorship rights. Jennifer Fisher, Smithsonian, "The Adventurous Writer Who Brought Nancy Drew To Life," 2 July 2018 But the play’s potent conflict explores much deeper themes of authorship: who owns ideas, who has the right to what stories, which side more deserves telling, and whether a universality of narrative transcends the racial origins of its writer(s). Jim Rutter, Philly.com, "'Mrs. Harrison' at the Azuka Theatre: Power and promise, here, now, everywhere," 9 May 2018 That collective authorship is in some ways a deeply wonderful thing, a reminder of how powerful people’s impulses can be, despite the assorted awfulnesses on offer on the internet, to enforce human connection. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "#PlaneBae and the Slow Death of Whimsy," 6 July 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of authorship

: the profession of writing

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