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late 14c., variant of British English connexion, from English conneccion, later connexioun (mid-15c.), from Old French connexion, from Latin connexionem (nominative connexio ‎(a conclusion, binding together)), from connectō, an alternative spelling of cōnectō ‎(I bind together), from compound of co- ‎(together) and nectō ‎(I bind)

In American English mid-18c., spelling shifted from connexion to connection under influence of English connect, abetted by affection, direction, etc., thus making connexion British dated and connection in international use.


connection ‎(countable and uncountable, plural connections)

  1. (uncountable) The act of connecting.
  2. The point at which two or more things are connected.
    the connection between overeating and obesity
    My headache has no connection with me going out last night.
    • 2004 April 15, “Morning swoop in hunt for Jodi's killer”, The Scotsman:
      A spokesman for Lothian and Borders Police said: "We can confirm that a 15-year-old boy has been arrested and charged in connection with the murder of Jodi Jones. A 45-year-old has also been arrested in connection with allegations of attempting to pervert the course of justice. A report on this has been sent to the procurator fiscal."
  3. A feeling of understanding and ease of communication between two or more people.
    As we were the only people in the room to laugh at the joke, I felt a connection between us.
  4. An established communications or transportation link.
    computers linked by a network connection
    I was talking to him, but there was lightning and we lost the connection.
  5. (transport) A transfer from one transportation vehicle to another in scheduled transportation service
    The bus was late so he missed his connection at Penn Station and had to wait six hours for the next train.
  6. A kinship relationship between people.


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