copy editor

noun
variants: or less commonly copyeditor \ ˈkä-​pē-​ˌe-​də-​tər How to pronounce copyeditor (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 copyedit (audio) \ or copy edit transitive verb

Examples of copy editor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Carolyn Hax started her advice column in 1997 after five years as a copy editor and news editor in Style and none as a therapist. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, "Making friends (or amends) in the neighborhood, according to Carolyn Hax," 13 Feb. 2020 Generally, the advertiser works with copy editors and others to come up with a story about the happiness that’s meant to come with consuming a particular product. Hilton Als, The New Yorker, "Anthony Barboza’s Galaxy of Black Stars," 11 Feb. 2020 Gladys Bourdain, a longtime copy editor at The New York Times who helped kick-start the writing career of her son Anthony, the chef who became a world-famous memoirist and television host, died on Friday at a hospice facility in the Bronx. New York Times, "Gladys Bourdain, Who Helped Her Son Reach an Audience, Dies at 85," 14 Jan. 2020 Other photos here were contributed by BCH friend and former Chronicle copy editor Ferrell Moore. J.r. Gonzales, Houston Chronicle, "See Houston captured in rich color images," 5 Dec. 2019 Twenty years ago, newspapers had large numbers of wire editors and copy editors who did an astounding job of keeping up with the mass of news flowing around the world. Sue Mcmillin, The Denver Post, "McMillin: Nothing can quite replace the smell of newsprint in the morning, but e-editions are close," 26 Dec. 2019 From the Transcript, Mr. Doherty went to the Boston Post before being hired as a Globe copy editor in 1953. BostonGlobe.com, "Known throughout his Globe editing career for his dependable news judgment, Edward J. Doherty was often the go-to managing editor tapped by the newspaper’s ombudsman to explain why certain photos were published.," 4 Dec. 2019 Dictionaries or copy editors at major newspaper would eventually catch up as lagging indicators of the language norms already widely used. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, "The trends that may end the “y’all” vs “you guys” debate," 26 Nov. 2019 Most non-management newsroom employees will be covered, including reporters, columnists, data journalists, copy editors, librarians, web producers, audio producers, page designers, photographers and videographers. Meg James, Los Angeles Times, "Los Angeles Times reaches historic agreement with its newsroom union," 16 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of copy editor

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Feb 2020

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“Copy editor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/copy%20editor. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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copy editor

noun

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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