BibTeX field: edition

How to use the edition field in BibTeX?

The edition field is used to store the edition number of a book. Using ordinals is the standard, but fails to be compatible with language specific BibTeX styles.

edition = "Third"
edition = {Third}
edition = "3."

How the edition field is used in BibTeX entry types

BibTeX entryDescriptionedition field
articleJournal article
bookletPrinted work without a publisher
inbookAny section in a bookoptional
incollectionA titled section of a bookoptional
inproceedingsConference paper
mastersthesisMaster's thesis
miscMiscellaneous: if nothing else fits
phdthesisPhD thesis
techreportTechnical report or white paper
unpublishedA work that has not yet been officially published