Definition of edition in English:


Syllabification: e·di·tion
Pronunciation: /əˈdiSH(ə)n


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;
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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