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 David started out as a copy editor at the Detroit Free Press, and then edited sections devoted to women, homes and gardening. Bob Goldsborough,, 17 Sep. 2021 Sunday Style section, a copy editor came to me with an idea for a preposterous, obnoxious, nakedly seditious story. Washington Post, 22 July 2021 Steve Oakey was a sports copy editor for the Union-Tribune from 1981-2008 whose athleticism was worthy of a write up here back in the day and whose personality and friendship are worth remembering here now. San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Aug. 2021 Since joining the Tribune as a copy editor, Colin has served in a variety of roles including metro reporter, foreign correspondent and foreign editor, Perspective editor and, ultimately, editor-in-chief. Tatyana Turner,, 11 Aug. 2021 Greg Anglin, an Express-News copy editor, won first place in headline writing. Marc Duvoisin, San Antonio Express-News, 16 June 2021 To make sure your profile looks professional, check it several times or have a professional copy editor look at it. William Arruda, Forbes, 15 June 2021 Chronicle copy editor and friend of Lloren Harry Mok has organized a GoFundMe scholarship in Lloren’s honor at SF State. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 May 2021 After graduating in 1993 with a BA in Journalism, Lloren got a job as a copy editor at the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, arriving just in time for the earthquake in Northridge. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 May 2021

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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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20 Sep 2021

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“Copy editor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of copy editor

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


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