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[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
preedition, noun
Can be confused
addition, edition. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for edition
  • Nearly twenty years elapsed before another edition appeared.
  • Not another edition, not the same work but printed later.
  • Print edition carrier delivery not available in certain areas.
  • Shows progress in actual pages conforming to the paper edition.
  • Besides, edition after edition was littered with errors.
  • However, you may cancel a current membership and order a foreign-language edition.
  • Instead of complete reprinting a new edition, updates can become much more dynamic.
  • Late night and limited-edition burgers are also popular, the latter providing a built-in mystique at certain venues.
  • The complete archive is available to subscribers in the digital edition.
  • That's the dumbfounding irony of the innovators dilemma, health care edition.
British Dictionary definitions for edition


  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 number: a first edition, the evening edition
one of a number of printings of a book or other publication, issued at separate times with alterations, amendments, etc Compare impression (sense 6)
  1. an issue of a work identified by its format: a leather-bound edition of Shakespeare
  2. an issue of a work identified by its editor or publisher: the Oxford edition of Shakespeare
a particular instance of a television or radio programme broadcast
(transitive) to produce multiple copies of (an original work of art)
Word Origin
C16: from Latin ēditiō a bringing forth, publishing, from ēdere to give out; see editor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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