[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.
[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.
/ˈkɒləˌfɒn; -fən/
a publisher’s emblem on a book
(formerly) an inscription at the end of a book showing the title, printer, date, etc

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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