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authorship

[aw-ther-ship]
noun
1.
origin, especially with reference to an author, creator, producer, etc., of a work: establishing the authorship of early medieval manuscripts.
2.
the occupation or career of writing books, articles, etc.

Origin:
1700–10; author + -ship

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authorship (ˈɔːθəˌʃɪp)
 
n
1.  the origin or originator of a written work, plan, etc: a book of unknown authorship
2.  the profession of writing books

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