co·​au·​thor | \ (ˌ)kō-ˈȯ-thər How to pronounce coauthor (audio) \
variants: or co-author
plural coauthors or co-authors

Definition of coauthor

: one who collaborates with another person in authoring a literary or dramatic work, a document, a legislative bill, etc. coauthors of many books and plays the coauthors of new legislation

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Other Words from coauthor

coauthor or co-author transitive verb coauthored or co-authored; coauthoring or co-authoring
… he coauthored legislation … requiring the publication on the Internet of the cost of all federal contracts, grants, and congressional "earmarks,"… — Michael Tomasky a co-authored book
coauthorship \ (ˌ)kō-​ˈȯ-​thər-​ˌship How to pronounce coauthorship (audio) \ or co-authorship noun
… accepting coauthorship on studies to which they did not significantly contribute. — Mary Murray

Examples of coauthor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More and more glaciers are losing ice, said study coauthor Beata Csatho, a Greenland specialist at the University at Buffalo., "The Greenland ice sheet’s losses have accelerated so fast since the 1990s it is now shedding more than seven times as much ice each year, according to 89 scientists who use satellites to study the area.," 11 Dec. 2019 Moniz and her coauthors found that the actual cost billed for the birth stayed mostly steady over the seven years in the study period. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Giving birth in America now costs more than a woman earns in a month," 8 Jan. 2020 Jon Chase, coauthor of The Science of Star Wars, explains how the unthinkable could happen. Eric Spitznagel, Popular Mechanics, "An Alarmingly Deep Dive Into the Science of Baby Yoda," 2 Dec. 2019 Drivers shouldn’t see the research as a how-to manual, says Bharat Chandar, one of the paper’s coauthors and a former Uber economist who is now studying for a PhD at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Wired, "Your Secret Uber Tipping Behavior, Exposed," 25 Oct. 2019 Fern Spike Field and his coauthors compiled a mass of evidence from disparate sources to help support their argument. National Geographic, "How Did Dino-Era Birds Survive the Asteroid 'Apocalypse'?," 24 May 2018 The most recent result in this area comes from Bhargava and five coauthors, Arul Shankar, Takashi Taniguchi, Frank Thorne, Jacob Tsimerman, and Yongqiang Zhao. Kevin Hartnett, Quanta Magazine, "New Number Systems Seek Their Lost Primes," 2 Mar. 2017 Mann and his coauthors wrote in their 2019 Biological Reviews paper. Anchorage Daily News, "What killed the world’s giants?," 23 Nov. 2019 This, Dr Vollrath and his coauthor Mi Ruixin made from a fibrous protein-rich glue of the sort produced naturally by spiders and silkworms. The Economist, "How to forge rhinoceros horn," 14 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of coauthor

1827, in the meaning defined above

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“Coauthor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of coauthor

: someone who writes a book, article, etc., with another person


co·​au·​thor | \ ˈkō-ˈȯ-thər \

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: an author who works with another author

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