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colophon

[kol-uh-fon, -fuh n]
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noun
  1. a publisher's or printer's distinctive emblem, used as an identifying device on its books and other works.
  2. an inscription at the end of a book or manuscript, used especially in the 15th and 16th centuries, giving the title or subject of the work, its author, the name of the printer or publisher, and the date and place of publication.
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Origin of colophon

1615–25; < Latin < Greek kolophṓn summit, finishing touch
Related formscol·o·phon·ic, adjective

Colophon

[kol-uh-fon]
noun
  1. an ancient city in Asia Minor: one of the 12 Ionian cities banded together in the 8th century b.c.: largely depopulated in 286 b.c.
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Examples from the Web for colophon

Historical Examples

  • Prophets and prophetesses fasted at Miletus, Colophon, and other places.

    The Legacy of Greece

    Various

  • She was a nymph once, they say—the daughter of Idmon the dyer, of Colophon, a city of Lydia.

  • Must I be torn from hence and thrown With frontispiece and colophon!

    The Library

    Andrew Lang

  • The colophon is a real masterpiece and a witty criticism of the play as well.

    Salom

    Oscar Wilde

  • Dionysios of Colophon and Pauson have already been spoken of.

    History of Ancient Art

    Franz von Reber


British Dictionary definitions for colophon

colophon

noun
  1. a publisher's emblem on a book
  2. (formerly) an inscription at the end of a book showing the title, printer, date, etc
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Word Origin

C17: via Late Latin, from Greek kolophōn a finishing stroke
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Word Origin and History for colophon

n.

1774, "publisher's inscription at the end of a book," from Latin colophon, from Greek kolophon "summit, final touch" (see hill).

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