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

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Shortly after graduating, Lachlan became a junior reporter at the London Times and a copy editor at London’s Sun tabloid. Sarah Ellison, The Seattle Times, "Younger Murdoch take the reins. How will he deal with Trump?," 25 Mar. 2019 JOHN McNAMARA John McNamara was a longtime employee of the newspaper who had worked as a sports writer and copy editor and moved more recently to a weekly publication, the Bowie Blade-News, colleague David Broughton said. Washington Post, "Slain newspaper employees noted for talent, warmth, wit," 29 June 2018 The phrases aren’t the work of a single copy editor, but are designed by a combination of Drive.ai’s product, design, and executive teams, a spokesperson said. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "The self-driving cars hitting the road in Texas today are unlike any we’ve seen before," 30 July 2018 Then, Kaitlyn interviews The Verge’s copy editor Kara Verlaney about her thoughts on proper punctuation across the internet and all its forms. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "The way we text says a lot about our personality," 7 Nov. 2018 Back in the days when newspapers still employed copy editors, the job was devoid of prestige. John E. Mcintyre, baltimoresun.com, "We owe a debt to Hank Glamann," 13 July 2018 The copy editors are the unsung heroes of journalism, the thin black ink line between chaos and order. Kevin Fisher-paulson, SFChronicle.com, "Cops and copy editors keeping things orderly," 25 June 2018 Linguists and copy editors look at how the punctuation has adapted across history, literature, and internetspeak in this week’s episode of Explained, now on Netflix. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "Vox Sentences: NATOhhh no...," 12 July 2018 Also around this time, the papers’ newsrooms began to hire their first black employees – among them reporter Harmon Perry for the Journal in 1968 and copy editor (later popular novelist) Tina McElroy Ansa for the Constitution in 1971. Pete Corson, ajc, "Photos: Former Atlanta Constitution and Journal buildings," 14 June 2018

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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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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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