Definition of edition in English:


Syllabification: e·di·tion
Pronunciation: /iˈdiSHən


  • 1A particular form or version of a published text: a paperback edition
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    • These texts are in Arabic and need to be published with critical editions, precise translations and solid commentaries.
    • The Irish Texts Society, founded in 1900, began to publish editions of classic Irish texts with full scholarly apparatus.
    • However, a paperback edition was published in 2001, and hopefully its appearance means that the book has enjoyed something of the success it certainly deserves.
  • 1.1A particular version of a text that has been revised or created from a substantially new setting of type: a first edition
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    • It is the conclusion of the reviewer that this edition is only a minor revision of previous editions.
    • The number of revisions and editions would indicate that sales were at least adequate.
    • It's a clever way to introduce the revisions to the first edition.
    issue, number, volume, impression, publication; version, revision
  • 1.2 [in singular] A person or thing that is compared to another as a copy to an original: the building was a simpler edition of its namesake
  • 2The total number of copies of a book, newspaper, or other published material issued at one time.
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    • Purloined, which was published in an edition of 750 numbered copies, isn't an easy book to read.
    • The book, published in an edition of 6,000 copies on 19 December, sold out in a few days.
    • The pre-1631 editions probably produced a total of 40-60,000 copies.
  • 3A particular version or instance of a regular program or broadcast: the Monday edition will be repeated on Wednesday afternoons
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    • Aled will also be introducing regular editions of Radio 2's Friday Night Is Music Night series.
    • This was obviously a very popular and frequently repeated programme, and editions from 1971 were still being shown in 1985.
    • BBC World Service will broadcast two editions of its In Praise of God programme from Uganda.


late Middle English: from French édition, from Latin editio(n-), from edere 'put out', from e- (variant of ex-) 'out' + dare 'give'.

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