col·​lab·​o·​ra·​tor | \ kə-ˈla-bə-ˌrā-tər How to pronounce collaborator (audio) \

Definition of collaborator

: a person who collaborates with another: such as
a : someone who works with another person or group With our students and collaborators, we have developed … a tool that couples a video camera with specialized computation.— Frédo Durand et al.
b : someone who assists an enemy (such as an invader or part of an occupying force) … the Germans had allies and collaborators who, whether from conviction or perceived necessity, sought a privileged place in Hitler's New Order.— Robert Skidelsky

Examples of collaborator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like her debut, it was written and produced with her brother and musical collaborator, Finneas. Jem Aswad,, "Billie Eilish drops new single and video, ‘Your Power’," 29 Apr. 2021 The album itself takes its title from the nickname of Joe Hardy, the longtime ZZ Top collaborator who died in 2019. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, "Billy Gibbons Remembers Jim Morrison, Gram Parsons on New Song ‘Desert High’," 22 Apr. 2021 Olivia Newman is directing while Witherspoon is serving as an executive producer alongside longtime collaborator Lauren Neustadter. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Where the Crawdads Sing Movie Looking for Extras in the New Orleans Area," 24 Mar. 2021 Though Rocketman was celebrated in most parts of the world — winning John and longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin an Oscar for Best Original Song atop grossing $195 million globally — its gay content also generated controversy in Russia and Samoa. Joey Nolfi,, "Elton John slams Vatican for 'investing millions' in Rocketman and still refusing to bless gay marriages," 16 Mar. 2021 Finneas, Eilish’s brother and collaborator, also coordinated his outfit with hers, although his look was slightly more understated — a light pink suit with oversized black lapels and a brocade mask. Lydia Wang,, "Billie Eilish Matched Her Mask — & Bucket Hat — To Her Grammys Look," 15 Mar. 2021 She was accompanied by her brother and longtime collaborator, Finneas. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Grammys 2021: Watch Billie Eilish's Incredible Performance," 14 Mar. 2021 But it’s the beginning of a lifelong pattern of self-aggrandizement with Lee that would have consequences for artists caught in his orbit – especially Jack Kirby, Lee’s longtime collaborator and the defining comics artist of the era. Barbara Vandenburgh, USA TODAY, "'The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee': Absorbing bio details dismantles myths surrounding Marvel comics icon," 18 Feb. 2021 On the third anniversary of Avicii's death, Aloe Blacc hosted his annual celebration of his late friend and collaborator. Katie Bain, Billboard, "Aloe Blacc Reflects on Unreleased Avicii Collabs in Live Tribute to Late Producer," 20 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of collaborator

1802, in the meaning defined above

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12 May 2021

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“Collaborator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of collaborator

: a person who works with another person or group in order to achieve or do something
: a person who helps an enemy who has invaded his or her country during a war

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