co·​au·​thor (ˌ)kō-ˈȯ-thər How to pronounce coauthor (audio)
variants or co-author
plural coauthors or co-authors
: 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
coauthor transitive verb
or co-author
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 noun
or co-authorship
… accepting coauthorship on studies to which they did not significantly contribute. Mary Murray

Examples of coauthor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Moorman and her coauthor Michelle Seals, an MBA candidate at Duke, hypothesize that the businesses that did see positive returns from DEI marketing must have been doing something differently. Lila MacLellan, Fortune, 3 Apr. 2024 Seagrasses can store massive amounts of carbon that could be a crucial tool to help mitigate the climate crisis, marine biologist and study coauthor Dr. Austin Gallagher recently told CNN. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 30 Mar. 2024 Scott Mowbray and Anne Taylor Pittman, coauthors of 'The Global Pantry' cookbook, share their recipe for Garlic and Herb Turkey Meatballs Anne Taylor Pittman and Scott Mowbray have some tricks for turning turkey from dreary to cheery. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 5 Mar. 2024 Research from Todd Ely, associate professor at the University of Colorado Denver, and his coauthors found that larger, older nonprofits and certain types like universities, hospitals, land trusts and arts institutions are more likely to have endowments. Thalia Beaty, Quartz, 19 Mar. 2024 The team has dedicated the results of their research to study coauthor Harold Linnartz, who died unexpectedly in December shortly after the paper’s acceptance for publication. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 15 Mar. 2024 Stephen is coauthor of Hollyweird Science: From Quantum Quirks to the Multiverse (on the science shown in movies and TV shows) and the editor of several sci-fi anthologies, including Coming Soon Enough, published by Spectrum 10 years ago. IEEE Spectrum, 4 Mar. 2024 By studying metal prices and reports of converters going missing, including on the Nextdoor social network, Stickle and his coauthors estimate that, for every 10 percent rise in metal prices, there’s a 20 percent uptick in thefts of these devices. Chris Baraniuk, WIRED, 20 Feb. 2024 Mason was the coauthor of a 2018 study that first detected the existence of micro- and nanoplastics in 93% of samples of bottled water sold by 11 different brands in nine countries. Wire Service, The Mercury News, 9 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of coauthor was in 1827

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“Coauthor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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: an author who works with another author

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