Also British, con·nex·ion.

Origin of connection

1350–1400; variant spelling of connexion; Middle English conneccioun, connexioun (< Middle French) < Latin connexiōn- (stem of connexiō), equivalent to connex(us) (past participle of connectere to connect) + -iōn- -ion
Related formscon·nec·tion·al, adjectivemis·con·nec·tion, nounpre·con·nec·tion, nounre·con·nec·tion, noun

Synonyms for connection Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for connection




the act or state of connecting; union
something that connects, joins, or relates; link or bond
a relationship or association
logical sequence in thought or expression; coherence
the relation of a word or phrase to its contextin this connection the word has no political significance
(often plural) an acquaintance, esp one who is influential or has prestige
a relative, esp if distant and related by marriage
  1. an opportunity to transfer from one train, bus, aircraft, ship, etc, to another
  2. the vehicle, aircraft, etc, scheduled to provide such an opportunity
(plural) NZ the persons owning or controlling a racehorse
a link, usually a wire or metallic strip, between two components in an electric circuit or system
a communications link between two points, esp by telephone
slang a supplier of illegal drugs, such as heroin
rare sexual intercourse
rare a small sect or religious group united by a body of distinct beliefs or practices
Derived Formsconnectional or connexional, adjective
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Word Origin and History for connection

late 14c., conneccion, later connexioun (mid-15c.), from Old French connexion, from Latin connexionem (nominative connexio) "a binding or joining together," from *connexare, frequentative of conectere "to fasten together, to tie, join together," from com- "together" (see com-) + nectere "to bind, tie" (see nexus).

Spelling shifted from connexion to connection (especially in American English) mid-18c. under influence of connect, abetted by affection, direction, etc.

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Medicine definitions for connection




The act of connecting or the state of being connected.
Something that connects.
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