- the act of ceding, esp of ceding rights, property, or territory
- something that is ceded, esp land or territory
late 14c., “a relinquishing,” from Old French cession “cession; death” (13c.), from Latin cessionem (nominative cessio) “a giving up, surrendering,” noun of action from past participle stem of cedere “to go away, yield” (see cede). Related: Cessionary.