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 For Sarah Frazier, a copy editor for The Knoxville News Sentinel, that reason is her community. Evan E. Roberts, USA TODAY, "July 9 Storytellers Project show: Watch stories about childhood memories and children," 4 July 2020 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. Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax: She doesn’t want to be the ‘mean old lady’ next door," 23 June 2020 Chronicle copy editor Brad Brown contributed to this report. Rusty Simmons,, "Kids march in Oakland, Vallejo protesters pull a coffin as demonstrations resume in beautiful spring weather," 7 June 2020 Cobb was the copy editor, and all of the staff acted as photographers, models and curators. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Good news: How locally owned stores have survived with fresh ideas and loyal customers," 1 May 2020 A few years ago, when a former copy editor died without family readily available to make arrangements, Garcia was the guy who worked harder than anyone to arrange for an suitable service. Mike Finger,, "Inside virus-ravaged nursing home, the E-N’s ‘King’ still fights," 9 Apr. 2020 Most non-management newsroom staff are covered, including reporters, data journalists, copy editors, librarians, web producers, audio producers, page designers, photographers and videographers. Meg James, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. Times guild accepts 20% reduction in pay, hours amid coronavirus," 1 May 2020 Bozarth describes herself as an over-65 freelance writer and copy editor who has lived in Buckhead since 1977. Judy Bozarth, ajc, "How your neighbors are coping – and the challenges they face," 7 Apr. 2020 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

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First Known Use of copy editor

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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9 Jul 2020

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“Copy editor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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