[ 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 formspre·e·di·tion, noun
Can be confusedaddition edition
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British Dictionary definitions for edition


/ (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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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].

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