copy editor


variants or less commonly copyeditor
: an editor who prepares copy for the typesetter
: one who edits and headlines newspaper copy
copyedit transitive verb
or copy edit

Examples of copy editor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Whisler has been a reporter and copy editor at the Express-News since 1995. John Whisler, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Apr. 2023 In more than 40 years with The Post, starting in 1969, Mr. Feaver was a copy editor, an editor of Virginia news, assistant Metropolitan editor and a business desk editor. Bart Barnes, Washington Post, 28 Aug. 2023 Born and raised in Southern California, Ballinger joined the Los Angeles Times in 2008 and has worked as a copy editor, homepage editor, history blogger and editor for the Homicide Report, as well as working on the rollouts of several newsroom technology platforms. Los Angeles Times, 31 July 2023 Buchmann began her journalism career at the San Jose Mercury News, where her roles included news editor, wire editor, copy editor, page designer and education reporter. Anna Buchmann, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Mar. 2023 Marcia also wrote to the folks at The Post’s Food section, who turned for guidance to Brian Cleveland, one of our deputy multiplatform editing chiefs, who helps lead a team of more than 65 copy editors here. John Kelly, Washington Post, 16 Aug. 2023 Char worked as a reporter and copy editor at Altoona Mirror from 2013 to 2014. Char Adams, Peoplemag, 5 Aug. 2023 Among other evidence, the committee found that a junior fundraising copy editor objected when he was directed to write a fundraising email asserting that Trump had won Pennsylvania before the outcome of the state’s race was clear - Biden was ultimately declared the winner there. Josh Dawsey, Devlin Barrett, Rosalind S. Helderman and Jacqueline Alemany, The Washington Post, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Apr. 2023 When my job at the Press-Register changed in 2013 from copy editor to high school sports reporter, colleagues Mike Herndon and Josh Bean gave me a sage piece of advice. Ben Thomas |, al, 28 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of copy editor was in 1899

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Cite this Entry

“Copy editor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

copy editor

: an employee of a publishing house who corrects manuscript copy
: a person who edits and writes headlines for newspaper copy
copyedit verb
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