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 Grant and his coauthor were supposed to submit the book to their publisher in March, just as the pandemic was taking hold. Matt Simon, Wired, "See Earth Transform Like You're a Time-Traveling Astronaut," 14 Oct. 2020 Testing by Fernandez and her coauthor, Amy Mueller, offers some broad hints. Joe Lindsey, Outside Online, "What You Need to Know About Wearing a Face Mask Outside," 30 Sep. 2020 Dean Headley, coauthor of the Airline Quality Rating, is associate professor emeritus in the W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University. Dean Headley, Fortune, "Planning to fly for the holidays? 6 things to know before you book," 19 Sep. 2020 In support of this theory, Gandhi and her coauthor cite observational data that suggests the rate of asymptomatic COVID-19 infections, as opposed to symptomatic ones, is much higher in places that have universal masking policies. Popular Science, "Wearing a mask could protect you from COVID-19 in more ways than you think," 10 Sep. 2020 But whether or not 2020 ends up being a superlative isn’t really the key question, says Julienne Stroeve, a climate scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center and a coauthor of the paper. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "Arctic summer sea ice could disappear as early as 2035," 13 Aug. 2020 Per Finding Freedom's coauthor and's royal editor, Omid Scobie, both Meghan and Harry keep in touch with Charles from their new home in California. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Charles Is a "Supportive" Father Figure to Meghan Markle," 13 Aug. 2020 To show the benefits seabirds provide, Plazas-Jiménez and his coauthor Marcus Cianciaruso, an ecologist at Goiás, set out to put a price tag on the animals’ poop. Courtney Sexton, Smithsonian Magazine, "Seabird Poop Is Worth More Than $1 Billion Annually," 10 Aug. 2020 Previously, it was believed that mosasaurs had live birth, said Julia Clarke, study coauthor and professor in the University of Texas at Austin's Jackson School's department of geological sciences. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Fossil egg discoveries, including one in Antarctica, show dinosaurs and marine reptiles laid soft-shell eggs," 17 June 2020

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First Known Use of coauthor

1827, in the meaning defined above

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19 Oct 2020

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“Coauthor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 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 \

Kids Definition of coauthor

: an author who works with another author

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