copy editor

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 Dunne came to The Courant in 1989, starting as copy editor. Susan Dunne,, "Learning from failure: Time for another round of storytelling at TheaterWorks’ FUNight," 14 Oct. 2019 Alex, a copy editor from New York, is sent to an extreme sports outpost to write a story for a travel writing competition. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 Meg Scott, social media copy editor at MuggleNet, predicted. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Game Of Thrones & Harry Potter Are Over. But For Diehard Fans, It’s Still A Way Of Life," 24 Aug. 2019 As a copy editor trying to enforce this usage, I might be considered a massive pain in the ass. Mary Norris, The New Yorker, "The Long Hot Summer of Grammar," 15 Aug. 2019 Miguel Castro, a sports copy editor, died at 40, proving once again that cancer sucks., "San Antonio’s news media will have its big night by saluting its own," 3 Aug. 2019 Huang’s first job was working as a sports copy editor at a newspaper in Burlington, Vermont, his sister said. Bob Goldsborough,, "Steve Huang, Tribune sports desk copy editor remembered by colleagues as a ‘pro’s pro,’ dies at 51," 25 July 2019 Finally, dozens of media professionals worked countless hours as mentors, photographers, page designers, copy editors and presenters., "‘One of the best weeks’: High School Journalism Institute underway at Oregon State," 13 July 2019 Murphy wants the rebranding to put more focus on these businesses and give the company a name that's more dynamic (and, incidentally, easier on copy editors). Robert Levine, Billboard, "Out With the ole: Anthem CEO Helen Murphy Talks New Name, a Rush Endorsement & Overpriced Catalogs," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of copy editor

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Nov 2019

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The first known use of copy editor was in 1899

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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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