copy editor

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Alternative forms[edit]


copy editor (plural copy editors)

  1. Someone who corrects printed material and prepares it for typesetting, printing, or online publishing.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Among the alternative forms, copy editor is the most common, copyeditor about half as much, and copy-editor a fraction of that.[1] In terms of relative frequency, copyeditor keeps on gaining on copy editor.[2] Merriam-Webster lists both copy editor and copyeditor, the latter as less common.[3] The situation is different for the verbs, of which copyedit is the frequency leader.[4] Among proofreader variants, the solid form leads by a wide margin.[5]


Related terms[edit]



  1. ^ copy editor, copyeditor, copy-editor at Google Ngram Viewer.
  2. ^ copyeditor/copy editor at Google Ngram Viewer
  3. ^ copy editor”, in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
  4. ^ copyedit,copy edit,copy-edit at Google Ngram Viewer
  5. ^ proofreader,proof reader,proof-reader at Google Ngram Viewer

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