[ kol-uh-fon, -fuh n ]
/ ˈkɒl əˌfɒn, -fən /


a publisher's or printer's distinctive emblem, used as an identifying device on its books and other works.
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.

Origin of colophon

1615–25; < Latin < Greek kolophṓn summit, finishing touch

Related forms

col·o·phon·ic, adjective

Definition for colophon (2 of 2)


[ kol-uh-fon ]
/ ˈkɒl əˌfɒn /


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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for colophon


/ (ˈkɒləˌfɒn, -fən) /


a publisher's emblem on a book
(formerly) an inscription at the end of a book showing the title, printer, date, etc

Word Origin for colophon

C17: via Late Latin, from Greek kolophōn a finishing stroke
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