Definition of edition in English:



  • 1A particular form or version of a published text.

    ‘a paperback edition’
    • ‘The Irish Texts Society, founded in 1900, began to publish editions of classic Irish texts with full scholarly apparatus.’
    • ‘This series of dictionaries was successful in Britain, and the Century Company, an American publisher of the periodical The Country Magazine, published an edition for sale in the US.’
    • ‘That she as well as Pound edited The Waste Land became apparent when the facsimile edition was published in 1971.’
    • ‘This 2003 paperback edition is published on the eve of the 30th anniversary of this war and should be rediscovered by a variety of military readers.’
    • ‘On September 11, 2007, a Collector's Edition of the film was released with additional extra features involving the cast.’
    • ‘A 2-disc special edition DVD, as well as a fullscreen and a widescreen edition of the film was released on 12 November 2007 in the U.K.’
    • ‘If the publisher would bring out a paperback edition of Barricades, it would be a serious option.’
    • ‘These texts are in Arabic and need to be published with critical editions, precise translations and solid commentaries.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This edition was published in paperback this year.’
    • ‘It was not in any sense a substitute for the Meditations, and the preface to the French edition directed people to the earlier book for a full statement of Descartes's first philosophy.’
    • ‘This article offers a critical edition, with textual apparatus and commentary, using evidence from nine eighteenth-century manuscripts and from six appearances of the poem in print.’
    • ‘The only complaint is that the publisher might have updated the preface for the paperback edition.’
    • ‘This essay is adapted from the afterword of the paperback edition of Of Paradise and Power.’
    • ‘When he publishes a new print edition, it is sold out before it is even printed.’
    • ‘Feature stories will not be published in the online edition.’
    • ‘A paperback edition of the novel would not now be published.’
    • ‘The study is published in the online edition of the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.’
    • ‘The paperback edition does not include the grammar handbook.’
    • ‘We can hope the publisher will soon remedy this with a paperback edition.’
    version, issue, model, mark, draft, form, impression, publication
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    1. 1.1 A particular version of a text maintained by regular revision.
      ‘a first edition’
      • ‘I looked at the front of the book and the edition was first published in 1982, so it is perhaps a little out of date.’
      • ‘Like its first edition, the second edition of this textbook is a good source book of Indian origin for those who wish to learn medical mycology and also a quick resource for terminology.’
      • ‘In the 1990's, when he published the first edition of his book, it was possible to believe that Palestinians would shortly accept Israel's right to exist.’
      • ‘After 14 years, the long-awaited sequel to the second edition of the fascicle Tumors of the Gallbladder and Extrahepatic Bile Ducts has arrived.’
      • ‘The second edition of my book published in 2000 examined data for cities from Philadelphia to Houston to Dallas to Atlanta to Pittsburgh to Miami to Phoenix.’
      • ‘The number of revisions and editions would indicate that sales were at least adequate.’
      • ‘One reason that Philip Meyer's guidebook has lasted through four editions over twenty-nine years is that he has worked both sides of the street.’
      • ‘It is the conclusion of the reviewer that this edition is only a minor revision of previous editions.’
      • ‘Over 1,000 children and adults were entertained by magicians and Hogwarts characters while they queued to get their hands on a first edition copy of the book.’
      • ‘For decades, McGraw-Hill published a new edition of the popular text every two years.’
      • ‘The revision of the 1983 edition enhanced an already solid sourcebook, and it will continue to be a collection used by many seminary students.’
      • ‘In this same year they published a second edition to their two volume work of 1859.’
      • ‘Part of the reason for publishing a new edition of your book was to widen the audience for stories like these.’
      • ‘As noted in the preface to the third edition, further treaty revision will take place following the next IGC proposed for 2004, which has now been established and has commenced work in Brussels.’
      • ‘The additional references in the second edition do not actually reflect a more thorough in-depth revision.’
      • ‘You can publish your revised second edition before going public.’
      • ‘Some thirty years ago I taught a dosage forms course utilizing the first edition of this text.’
      • ‘It's a clever way to introduce the revisions to the first edition.’
      • ‘The new edition has maintained that structure and style, preserving the many examples and exercises that proved so useful to me.’
      • ‘Few people actually read the report that he published in a revised edition of his book, Principles of Geology.’
      issue, number, volume
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    2. 1.2 A person or thing that is compared to another as a copy to an original.
      ‘the building was a simpler edition of its namesake’
      • ‘He was a square-browed, broad-shouldered masculine edition of his mother.’
      • ‘Seizing my hand, he wrung it as thoroughly as he had wrung Jane's, beaming like a younger edition of the immortal Mr. Pickwick all the while.’
      • ‘Amanda was the eldest, a round-faced, blue-eyed edition of her father.’
      • ‘He thought of her at this time as a modern and cleverer edition of the little woman who was engaged by his advisers to lie in the bosom of King David and keep up the vital heat.’
      • ‘The film is joyously overpopulated with old biddies envious of Shen in both her old and young edition.’
  • 2The total number of copies of a book, newspaper, or other published material issued at one time.

    ‘variations occurred after some of the edition had already been published’
    • ‘The edition size is 911 with 89 publisher's proofs, bringing the total edition to 1,000.’
    • ‘The book, published in an edition of 6,000 copies on 19 December, sold out in a few days.’
    • ‘Purloined, which was published in an edition of 750 numbered copies, isn't an easy book to read.’
    • ‘Otherwise, each would have to have been numbered from a total edition of 410.’
    • ‘The pre-1631 editions probably produced a total of 40-60,000 copies.’
    issue, copy
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  • 3A particular instance of a regular radio or television programme.

    ‘the Monday edition will be repeated on Wednesdays’
    • ‘BBC World Service will broadcast two editions of its In Praise of God programme from Uganda.’
    • ‘In town to record an edition of his BBC Radio 6 Breakfast Show, Jupitus has given up a day to the publicity machine.’
    • ‘Two editions were broadcast on BBC2 to make way for BBC1's coverage of Wimbledon tennis.’
    • ‘She teamed up with Peter Levy to present the new edition of the BBC ONE 6.30 pm evening news programme for East Yorkshire & Lincolnshire.’
    • ‘The director general Greg Dyke had to apologise for the anti-American sentiments expressed by the studio audience in an edition of the programme shortly after the Manhattan and Pentagon bombings.’
    • ‘Marcel will present his last edition of the programme on 26 March.’
    • ‘This was obviously a very popular and frequently repeated programme, and editions from 1971 were still being shown in 1985.’
    • ‘The six editions were broadcast direct from the town of Newton Barnes, said to be located near Milton Keynes.’
    • ‘The most significant of these reports was an item on the October 25 edition of Channel Four television's flagship seven o'clock news programme.’
    • ‘They became engaged at the end of the fifth series and wed in the pouring rain during what was meant to be the last ever episode, an hour-length edition screened on Easter Saturday 1995.’
    • ‘We have been fined five times for five editions of the programme and CEM said that we have violated the personal inviolability of these citizens.’
    • ‘The pilot edition was screened on the opening night of BBC3, broadcast simultaneously by BBC2.’
    • ‘Aled will also be introducing regular editions of Radio 2's Friday Night Is Music Night series.’
    • ‘This cutaway drawing of the Alexandra Palace facility was published in the October 1936 edition of Television & Short Wave World.’
    • ‘The Moral Maze, which is produced by BBC Religion and Ethics, recently broadcast its 400th edition and is always live.’
    • ‘The third series, six editions, was broadcast from 21 May to 25 June 1998.’
    • ‘He will be joined by Malawian poet and writer Benedicto Malunga who appears on the Sunday edition of the programme.’
    • ‘The previous edition, broadcast on BBC One in 1998, pulled in 7.22 million.’
    • ‘Garry Shandling was one of the comedians whose career featured in the BBC 2 series Stand Up America, in the edition screened on 15 March 2003.’
    • ‘This is the 26th edition of the BBC Children in Need telethon.’


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