first edition


Definition of first edition 

: the copies of a literary work first printed from the same type and issued at the same time also : a single copy from a first edition

Examples of first edition in a Sentence

There were many errors in the book's first edition. She owns a valuable first edition of Huckleberry Finn.

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The fifth in line to the throne received a first edition Winnie the Pooh book from his uncle (and also presumably from his British-sounding aunt, Meghan Markle). Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "The Sweet (and Fancy) Gift Prince Harry Bought His New Nephew, Prince Louis," 9 July 2018 On show are first editions of Hemingway’s major works; personal photos from his own collection; and photos of the women who inspired him. Washington Post, "Hemingway’s life and legacy inspire new JFK Museum display," 29 June 2018 The first edition of the hugely exciting Revierderby between Dortmund and Schalke will take place on matchday 14 (at some point between December 7 and 9 depending on TV scheduling), and Der Klassiker will be settled over matchdays 11 and 28., "8 Weeks And Counting: Fixture List Released Ahead of 2018/19 Bundesliga Season," 29 June 2018 The Berlin Biennale, whose first edition took place in 1998, brought droves of artists and curators to the city’s dilapidated factories and warehouses, and advocated full throttle for the city’s young artists before Germany’s museums caught on. Jason Farago, New York Times, "At the Berlin Biennale, the Art of Saying ‘No’," 12 June 2018 In addition to the Kendall + Kylie line, DropOne is a limited-edition capsule collection that will be produced seasonally, with the first edition making its debut today. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "I Hate Myself A Little for Loving Kendall & Kylie's New Collection," 17 Feb. 2017 What time was the first edition of the morning paper hitting the neighborhood drug store? Jacques Kelly,, "Remembering Baltimore's magical glow from gaslights on a summer night," 14 July 2018 On show are first editions of Hemingway's major works; personal photos from his own collection; and photos of the women who inspired him. Fox News, "Hemingway's life and legacy inspire new JFK Museum display," 29 June 2018 Panama, as an example, scored a World Cup goal for the first time in the nation’s history against England on Sunday (2018 being the first edition of the tournament that Los Canaleros have ever qualified for). Hayden Bird,, "5 things to know as the World Cup escalates," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of first edition

1542, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of first edition

: the first set of printed copies of a book; also : a single copy from such a set

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