copy editor

variants: or less commonly copyeditor \ ˈkä-​pē-​ˌe-​də-​tər How to pronounce copy editor (audio) \

Definition of copy editor

1 : an editor who prepares copy for the typesetter
2 : one who edits and headlines newspaper copy

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Other Words from copy editor

copyedit \ ˈkä-​pē-​ˌe-​dət How to pronounce copy editor (audio) \ or copy edit transitive verb

Examples of copy editor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bruesewitz went on to graduate with honors from UW-Madison with a degree in journalism, become a copy editor for the UW-Madison Law School and buy his own little house in Monona. Emily Hamer, Star Tribune, "Former offender donates estate to foster rehab from prison," 12 Apr. 2021 Campbell said the Dallas Morning News’s online readership has spiked dramatically, in a week when nearly every story in the newspaper was related to the storm, and a photo taken by a copy editor ran on the front page. Washington Post, "Texas journalists are providing critical information about a disaster they’re living through," 19 Feb. 2021 Do invest in a good copy editor to proof your work and hire a graphic designer for cover art and content images, at a minimum — quality matters. Laura Cuttill, Forbes, "Monetizing Information In A 'YouTube' Culture," 2 Mar. 2021 Some of those on the Zoom call knew Mr. Saunders as a copy editor and writer for The Daily News of Halifax, a newspaper that went under in 2008. New York Times, "A Black Literary Trailblazer’s Solitary Death: Charles Saunders, 73," 21 Jan. 2021 Kathleen Gosnell Seiler, a consummate copy editor whose meticulous blue pen perfected the Los Angeles Times’ signature stories for 23 years, has died at age 75. Los Angeles Times, "Kathy Gosnell, veteran L.A. Times copy editor who perfected the paper’s signature stories, dies at 75," 8 Dec. 2020 Before joining The Times, Hong was a page designer and a Dow Jones News Fund copy editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Los Angeles Times, "Allison Hong promoted to L.A. Times deputy design director," 28 Dec. 2020 Rose spent 24 years at The San Diego Union-Tribune, working as a copy editor, assistant city editor and reporter before launching a weekly section called ComputerLink in 1992. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Former reporter, editor Jeff Rose remembered as pioneer in online journalism at Union-Tribune," 6 Dec. 2020 Kelly Maynard is a pediatric intensive care nurse at Hennepin County Medical Center and a copy editor for the Star Tribune. Kelly Maynard, Star Tribune, "Stay safe the old-fashioned way, too," 24 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of copy editor

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of copy editor was in 1899

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17 Apr 2021

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“Copy editor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of copy editor

US : a person whose job is to prepare a book, newspaper, etc., for printing by making sure the words are correct

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