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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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 One of the oldest books in the exhibition is the 1704 first edition of Sir Isaac Newton’s Opticks, or, A Treatise of the Reflections, Refractions, Inflections and Colours of Light. Alex Palmer, Smithsonian, "How Newton, Goethe, an Ornithologist and a Board Game Designer Helped Us Understand Color," 12 June 2018 The game will feature every character from past Super Smash Bros. games — spanning all the way back to the very first edition for the Nintendo 64 in 1999. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "E3: Nintendo Announces 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate' and New 'Mario Party' Game for Switch," 12 June 2018 According to The Sun, Harry purchased a first edition of A.A Milne's classic book, Winnie-The-Pooh, for his nephew. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Prince Harry Reportedly Bought the Sweetest Christening Gift for Prince Louis," 9 July 2018 How does the new guide differ from last year’s first edition for business travelers? Tanya Mohn, New York Times, "An L.G.B.T.Q. Guide to Traveling Safely Abroad," 21 June 2018 On Monday, the World Health Organization released the 11th edition of its International Classification of Diseases (ICD), the first edition to recognize gaming disorder as a mental health condition., "Is Video Game Addiction A Thing?," 18 June 2018

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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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