1350–1400; Middle English addicio
< Latin additiōn-
(stem of additiō
), equivalent to addit
), past participle of addere
put + -tus
past participle suffix) + -iōn- -ion
preaddition, nounreaddition, noun
Can be confused
joining. 3, 4.
increase, enlargement; increment; accession, 4.
supplement; appendix. Addition, accessory, adjunct, attachment
mean something joined onto or used with something else. Addition
is the general word, carrying no implication of size, importance, or kind, but merely that of being joined to something previously existing: an addition to an income, to a building, to one's cares.
is a subordinate addition to a more important thing, for the purpose of aiding, completing, ornamenting, etc.: accessories to a costume.
is a subordinate addition that aids or assists a main thing or person but is often separate: a second machine as an adjunct to the first.
is an accessory part that may be easily connected and removed: a sewing machine attachment for pleating.