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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.]
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(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]
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(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.
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- A crowning or finishing touch, from Greek kolophon, "summit" or "finishing stroke."
See also related terms for summit.
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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
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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.
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A name or other device placed on merchandise to signify its ownership or manufacture:
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[ˈkɒləfən] Ncolofón m, pie m de imprenta
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nKolophon m, → Signet nt
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References in classic literature ?
Colophon. Proclus in his abstract of the "Returns" (sc.
Nor would the rich, because they are superior in numbers, form a democracy, as formerly at Colophon; for there the majority had large possessions before the Lydian war: but a democracy is a state where the freemen and the poor, being the majority, are invested with the power of the state.
Appendices mention manuscripts not used in the edition, an index of folios of manuscripts used, comparison of salutations and colophons, comparable passages in Vaidyanatha Payagunde's Prabha commentary on the Sabdakaustubha, references to several authors mentioned in the commentary, bibliography, and indices of persons and texts.
Their topics include in the margins of the Dead Sea Scrolls, additional notes in Christian Egyptian biblical manuscripts of the fourth to eleventh centuries: brief remarks, written evidence in the Italian Giant Bibles: around and beyond the sacred text, notes and colophons of scribes and readers in Georgian biblical manuscripts from Saint Catherine's Monastery in Sinai, and toward a definition of paratexts and paratextuality: the case of ancient Greek manuscripts.
Confused by colophons? Don't know a rubric from a rinceaux?
Sometimes the colophons record the day-to-day life of a scribe - whether they were cold, if they were enjoying themselves - and this records how the monks who wrote the original version of the "Book of Psalms" in 1087 "for one year and five months, day and night without pause work[ed] with the brotherhood of this monastery, because we have not seen this [i.e., printing, from the example] of a master, and we have no teacher, except for the Holy Spirit alone".
Additional colophons, added at later dates, continued the dramatic story.
The author is to be commended for paying an unusual attention to reception, and for having discussed and contextualized the manuscripts' colophons, which often contain fascinating and important pieces of historical evidence.
Yes, the word "brand" comes to us from the Germanic root for burning, and the figurative leap from scorching proprietary designs into cowflesh to the trademarks and colophons of goods purveyors is, by linguistic standards, relatively short.
from "Alphabets of Desire & Sorrow: A Book of Imaginary Colophons"
In Song ershi mingjia tiba huibian [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] [Anthology of colophons by twenty famous writers of the Song].