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 coauthor (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 In Persad and coauthor William Parker’s Washington Post op-ed, that was a key observation—that public health folks were worried about the populations who wouldn’t get vaccinated at all versus rare side effects in people who did. Adam Rogers, Wired, "A Vaccine Can Be Bad for a Person but Awesome for All People," 23 Apr. 2021 An Ethnography of Wikipedia and coauthor of Collaborative Society, wrote in an email. Stephen Harrison, Wired, "Wikipedia Is Basically a Massive RPG," 15 Jan. 2021 Alex Tapscott is managing director of the Ninepoint Digital Asset Group (a division of Ninepoint Partners LP) and coauthor of Blockchain Revolution. Alex Tapscott, Fortune, "Busting Bitcoin myths: 7 misconceptions about the cryptocurrency," 17 Mar. 2021 Mitchell, a coauthor on the paper, was fired in February, apparently after attempting to gather evidence about Gebru’s treatment at Google. Tom Simonite, Wired, "The Departure of 2 Google AI Researchers Spurs More Fallout," 16 Mar. 2021 David Kessler, coauthor of a seminal book on the stages of grief, says the process begins when families are told the patient will not survive. USA Today, "‘No one has been trained for this much death.’ In a COVID ICU, hospital workers struggle with trauma and grief.," 12 Mar. 2021 Low, chairman of the Legislative LGBTQ Caucus, was a coauthor on the measure with Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), leader of the Legislative Women’s Caucus. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, "California bill would ban boys’ and girls’ toy sections in big department stores," 7 Mar. 2021 My coauthor James Salzman has been working with governments around the globe since 2000 to develop payment schemes that compensate landowners for providing natural services. Quora, Forbes, "How Can Ownership Save The Planet?," 11 Mar. 2021 She was also interviewed by the Daily Mail and provided the tabloid with a thumb drive containing pictures, some of which were published in an article that named Van Laar as a coauthor. Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times, "Former Rep. Katie Hill’s lawsuit pits 1st Amendment against revenge-porn law," 9 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of coauthor

1827, in the meaning defined above

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5 May 2021

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“Coauthor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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