co·​au·​thor | \(ˌ)kō-ˈȯ-thər \
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 \ or co-authorship noun
… accepting coauthorship on studies to which they did not significantly contribute. — Mary Murray

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Holly Lebowitz Rossi is the coauthor of Yoga for a Healthy Lower Back: A Practical Guide to Developing Strength and Relieving Pain and a freelance writer. Holly Lebowitz Rossi, Good Housekeeping, "What to Do Right After You Throw Out Your Back," 26 July 2018 Shrinking the capsule to a normal pill size could be achieved by combining its three electronic chips, said coauthor Phillip Nadeu. Carla K. Johnson,, "Swallowed capsule could spot trouble, send alert," 24 May 2018 Edmunds, one of the paper’s coauthors, says in a press release. National Geographic, "These 38 Coral Reefs Are Thriving, Despite Threats," 18 June 2018 Many researchers had thought the local variant of the Quechua language family spoken by the Chachapoyas had died out, says Barbieri’s coauthor Paul Heggarty, a linguist also at the Max Planck institute. Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian, "When Genetics and Linguistics Challenge the Winners’ Version of History," 27 Mar. 2018 Vilma Barr, an editorial consultant in Philadelphia, was her coauthor. Kevin Riordan,, "A Penn degree was no guarantee for women in the Class of '64," 7 July 2018 This is not the first similarity that Julia Clarke, a coauthor on the study and professor at the University of Texas, Austin, has found between dinosaurs and alligators. National Geographic, "Why T. Rex Couldn't Waggle Its Tongue," 20 June 2018 Linda Gordon, winner of two Bancroft Prizes and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, is the author of The Second Coming of the KKK, Dorothea Lange and Impounded, and the coauthor of Feminism Unfinished. Longreads, "Oregon’s Racist Past," 12 July 2018 Schroedel is coauthor of a coalition report, published in January, about barriers facing Native voters in Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and South Dakota. Marisa Agha,, "As Arizona approaches midterm election, Native Americans look to increase clout," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of coauthor

1827, in the meaning defined above

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co·​au·​thor | \ˈkō-ˈȯ-thər\

Kids Definition of coauthor

: an author who works with another author

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