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[ih-dish-uh n] /ɪˈdɪʃ ən/
one of a series of printings of the same book, newspaper, etc., each issued at a different time and differing from another by alterations, additions, etc. (distinguished from impression).
the format in which a literary work is published:
a one-volume edition of Shakespeare.
the whole number of impressions or copies of a book, newspaper, etc., printed from one set of type at one time.
a version of anything, printed or not, presented to the public:
the newest edition of a popular musical revue.
Origin of edition
1545-55; (< Middle French) < Latin ēditiōn- (stem of ēditiō) publication, equivalent to ēdit(us) (past participle of ēdere; see edit) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
preedition, noun
Can be confused
addition, edition. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • This etext was prepared from the original 1821 edition and the 1948 edition.

  • The second edition appeared in 1674, the year of the author's death.

  • But for first-class highwaymen yarns, this other edition is the best.

  • This text is a corrected version of the fourth edition of Harrison and Sharp in its entirety.

    Beowulf Unknown
  • They were first published with the Maxims in an edition by Gabriel Brotier.

    Reflections Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld
British Dictionary definitions for edition


  1. the entire number of copies of a book, newspaper, or other publication printed at one time from a single setting of type
  2. a single copy from this number: a first edition, the evening edition
one of a number of printings of a book or other publication, issued at separate times with alterations, amendments, etc Compare impression (sense 6)
  1. an issue of a work identified by its format: a leather-bound edition of Shakespeare
  2. an issue of a work identified by its editor or publisher: the Oxford edition of Shakespeare
a particular instance of a television or radio programme broadcast
(transitive) to produce multiple copies of (an original work of art)
Word Origin
C16: from Latin ēditiō a bringing forth, publishing, from ēdere to give out; see editor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for edition

early 15c., "version, translation, a form of a literary work;" 1550s, "act of publishing," from French édition or directly from Latin editionem (nominative editio) "a bringing forth, producing," also "a statement, account," from past participle stem of edere "bring forth, produce," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + -dere, comb. form of dare "to give" (see date (n.1)). "It is awkward to speak of, e.g. 'The second edition of Campbell's edition of Plato's "Theætetus"'; but existing usage affords no satisfactory substitute for this inconvenient mode of expression" [OED].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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