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 The team in Paris is currently investigating whether the viruses showing up in sewage are still infectious, Sebastien Wurtzer, a virologist at Eau de Paris and coauthor of the recent findings, said in an email. Kate Baggaley, Popular Science, "Poop could be the key to tracking COVID-19 outbreaks," 27 Apr. 2020 Robinson is the coauthor of the book Coming Home: How Black Americans Will Re-Elect Trump. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, "Trump campaign disavows 'Black Americans to Re-Elect the President' PAC," 10 Apr. 2020 This is in contrast to the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus, says coauthor Billy Fleming, who directs the Ian L. McHarg Center at the University of Pennsylvania and is a senior fellow at Data for Progress. Ula Chrobak, Popular Science, "An environmental stimulus bill could help us bounce back from COVID-19," 1 Apr. 2020 Among the luminaries in attendance were Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani (the sister of Qatar’s ruling emir) and Chelsea Clinton, coauthor of and the vice-chairman of the Clinton Foundation. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Alice + Olivia Hosted Its Second Female Empowerment Dinner," 27 Feb. 2020 In addition to Ross, the other coauthors in this study are Benjamín Idini, Zhe Jia, Oliver Stephenson, Minyan Zhong, Xin Wang, Zhongwen Zhan, Mark Simons, Eric Fielding, Sang-Ho Yun, Egill Hauksson, Angelyn Moore, Zhen Liu and Jungkyo Jung. Los Angeles Times, "Unprecedented movement detected on California earthquake fault capable of 8.0 temblor," 17 Oct. 2019 Konyndyk says that he and his coauthors have been surprised at the outpouring of demand from local officials in the US and abroad since the guide was released in late March. Paris Martineau, Wired, "Why Some States Are Resisting Social Distancing Measures," 1 Apr. 2020 Also at issue though, is the quality of the sources Scheele and his coauthors cite. George Grall, National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 19 Mar. 2020 If widely adopted, this new approach to electrical storage will be a godsend for the environment, according to Gomes and his coauthors. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Fruit That Smells Like Butt Could Charge Your iPhone," 26 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of coauthor

1827, in the meaning defined above

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“Coauthor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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How to pronounce coauthor (audio)

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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