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An ancient Greek city of Asia Minor northwest of Ephesus. It was famous for its cavalry.


 (kŏl′ə-fŏn′, -fən)
1. An inscription placed usually at the end of a book, giving facts about its publication.
2. A publisher's emblem or trademark placed usually on the spine or the title page of a book.

[Late Latin colophōn, from Greek kolophōn, summit, finishing touch; see kel- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˈkɒləˌfɒn; -fən)
1. (Journalism & Publishing) a publisher's emblem on a book
2. (Journalism & Publishing) (formerly) an inscription at the end of a book showing the title, printer, date, etc
[C17: via Late Latin, from Greek kolophōn a finishing stroke]


(ˈkɒl əˌfɒn, -fən)

1. a publisher's or printer's distinctive emblem.
2. an inscription at the end of a book or manuscript, used esp. in the 15th and 16th centuries, giving its title, author, date, etc.
[1615–25; < Latin < Greek kolophṓn summit, finishing touch]


(ˈkɒl əˌfɒn)

an ancient city in Asia Minor: one of the 12 Ionian cities.
Col`o•pho′ni•an (-ˈfoʊ ni ən) n.


- A crowning or finishing touch, from Greek kolophon, "summit" or "finishing stroke."
See also related terms for summit.


1. an inscription, formerly at the end of a book but now usually on the title page, with information about the book’s publication and production.
2. an ornamental device or printer’s or publisher’s trademark.
See also: Books
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.colophon - a publisher's emblem printed in a book (usually on the title page)
emblem - special design or visual object representing a quality, type, group, etc.


A name or other device placed on merchandise to signify its ownership or manufacture:


[ˈkɒləfən] Ncolofón m, pie m de imprenta


nKolophon m, → Signet nt
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See Simonsohn, 680, for a photographic reproduction of Estellina Conat's colophon.
The scribe wrote the colophon on the recto of folio 4 and then added a further passage from the text, concluding it with a fresh colophon on the verso of the same folio.
The colophon of Ficino's folio volume, which contains 442 folios, reads as follows: "Magnifico sumptu Laurentii Medicis Patriae Servatoris impressit ex archetypo Antonius Miscominus Florentiae anno 1492 Nonis Maii" ("Antonio Miscomini printed this book in Florence from the original on the seventh of May 1492 thanks to the lavish generosity of Lorenzo de' Medici, Saviour of the Country").
Taimi Dunn Gorman is the owner of Gorman Publicity and a founder of the Colophon Cafe and Doggie Diner.
and refreshments will be donated by the Colophon Cafe.
Begun soon after 427/1035, it was finished nineteen years later, as its colophon indicates (contrary to Sellheim's speculation that it was not completed; cf.
The colophon of the single extant manuscript indicates 1447 as the terminus ad quem of the work, and suggests its limited circulation (the sole manuscript having been created by someone within Bokenham's circle) and its assumed relevance to the religious lives of nuns.
Currently in the collection of the Department of History of Nanjing University, The Ear Picker has, as one colophon writer put it, "circulated and delighted many eyes," and some of those delighted audiences have left physical traces of their viewing on the scroll.
In addition, she successfully published the literary magazine Colophon.
5) In the manuscript the preceding item is headed 'Gesta cum Richardo wycz presbitero in Anglia'; this has no final colophon, and Taylor's sermon begins without any heading after a gap of only the second half of the preceding line and ends without colophon on the last line of fol.
According to the colophon of the Mongol text, this version was ordered by Ilayuysan Buyan-u Erke Bayayud Bayatur dai qung tayiji, a grandson of Altan Khan of the Turned, and was written down by the monk eos Irgamsu 1= Tib.
She was the founder of the Colophon Cafe and the Doggie Diner, and chaired the governor's Small Business Improvement Council.