[ 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

pre·e·di·tion, noun

Can be confused

addition edition
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/ (ɪˈdɪʃən) /


  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 numbera first edition; the evening edition
one of a number of printings of a book or other publication, issued at separate times with alterations, amendments, etcCompare impression (def. 6)
  1. an issue of a work identified by its formata leather-bound edition of Shakespeare
  2. an issue of a work identified by its editor or publisherthe Oxford edition of Shakespeare
a particular instance of a television or radio programme broadcast


(tr) to produce multiple copies of (an original work of art)

Word Origin for edition

C16: from Latin ēditiō a bringing forth, publishing, from ēdere to give out; see editor
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