origin, especially with reference to an author, creator, producer, etc., of a work: establishing the authorship of early medieval manuscripts.
the occupation or career of writing books, articles, etc.

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Origin of authorship

First recorded in 1700–10; author + -ship Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for authorship



the origin or originator of a written work, plan, etca book of unknown authorship
the profession of writing books
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Word Origin and History for authorship



c.1500, "the function of being a writer," from author (n.) + -ship. Meaning "literary origin" is attested from 1825.

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