Origin of subscription
- the advance purchase of tickets for a series of concerts, operas, etc
- (as modifier)a subscription concert
- the sale of books, etc, prior to printing
- (as modifier)a subscription edition
c.1400, "piece of writing at the end of a document," from Middle French subscription, from Latin subscriptionem (nominative subscriptio) "anything written underneath, a signature," noun of action from past participle stem of subscribere (see subscribe for etymology and sense development).