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 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 Days later, a longtime friend and collaborator Seth Rogen made light of the incident during his monologue on Saturday Night Live. Anne Cohen,, "Anne Hathaway Should Host The Oscars Again — Alone This Time," 18 Apr. 2021 The track also arrives with a video, directed by longtime friend and collaborator, Catherine Pattinama Coleman, who offers up an intimate look at the band’s life in Copenhagen as they’re surrounded by family and friends. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, "Iceage Find Comfort Among Friends and Family in New ‘Shelter Song’ Video," 24 Mar. 2021 He was joined, on Zoom, by his frequent collaborator Sigourney Weaver, who had supplied the show’s voice-over. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Sigourney Weaver and James Cameron Back in the Deep End," 5 Apr. 2021 As such, Haas is a patron, collaborator, confidante or therapist, depending on the circumstances. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "Dallas’ Bobby Haas’ unlikely journey from financier to filmmaker," 4 Apr. 2021 On the evening of Sunday, March 28, Kardashian and her friend-slash-collaborator, Stephanie Shepherd, enjoyed white wine and, like, five hours of the steamy series. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Kim Kardashian Started Watching Bridgerton, and Her Reactions Are So Relatable," 29 Mar. 2021 Enter Beyoncé’s longtime collaborator, Riccardo Tisci. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "This Week, the Best Dressed Stars Went for Glitter and Glitz," 22 Mar. 2021 The walls are accented with Venetian glass mirrors and artwork curated by long-time collaborator and gallerist, Vito Schnabel, who selected artists like Robert Nava, Gus Van Sant and Harmony Korine. Taylor Stoddard, Forbes, "Major Food Group Opens Carbone Miami With Overwhelming Popularity, And Rapid Expansion Plans To-Follow," 18 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of collaborator

1802, in the meaning defined above

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30 Apr 2021

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“Collaborator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 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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