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from Ancient Greek κολοφών (kolophṓn, peak or finishing touch)



colophon (plural colophons)

  1. In manuscripts (typically before the invention of printing), the note, usually at the end, left by the scribe who copied it, giving information on his exemplar, where and when the copy was made, and sometimes, his own name.
  2. A printer's or publisher's identifying inscription or logo appearing at the end of a book, or the same appearing on the spine or dust-jacket. It generally contains factual information about the book, especially about its production, and includes details about typographic style, the fonts used, the paper used, and perhaps the binding method of the book.
  3. (Internet) A page on a website identifying the details of its creation, such as the author's name and the technologies used.
  4. (obsolete) A finishing stroke or crowning touch.[1]
    • 1635, John Swan, Speculum Mundi, page 427
      He comes to the creation of man, and makes him the Colophon, or conclusion of all things else.

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  1. ^ colophon, n.” in OED Online, Oxford University Press, September 2011.



from Ancient Greek κολοφών (kolophṓn, peak or finishing touch)


colophon m (plural colophons)

  1. colophon, final notice on manuscript.
  2. colophon, final notice about printer, editor, paper, etc., with bibliophilic information.

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