[ ih-dish-uhn ]
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  1. 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).

  2. the format in which a literary work is published: a one-volume edition of Shakespeare.

  1. the whole number of impressions or copies of a book, newspaper, etc., printed from one set of type at one time.

  2. 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

Other words from edition

  • pre·e·di·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for edition


/ (ɪˈdɪʃən) /

  1. printing

    • the entire number of copies of a book, newspaper, or other publication printed at one time from a single setting of type

    • a single copy from this number: a first edition; the evening edition

  2. one of a number of printings of a book or other publication, issued at separate times with alterations, amendments, etc: Compare impression (def. 6)

    • an issue of a work identified by its format: a leather-bound edition of Shakespeare

    • an issue of a work identified by its editor or publisher: the Oxford edition of Shakespeare

  1. a particular instance of a television or radio programme broadcast

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

Origin of edition

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

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