colophon

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English[edit]

The last page of the 1492 work Revelationes caelestes: mit Vita abbreviata sanctae Birgittae (Celestial Revelations: With a Short Life of Saint Bridget), which features a colophon and a printer's mark
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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Late Latin colophōn, from Ancient Greek κολοφών (kolophṓn, peak or finishing touch).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkɒləfən/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

colophon (plural colophons)

  1. (printing, publishing) In manuscripts (typically before the invention of printing), the note, usually at the end, left by the scribe who copied it, giving information on their exemplar, where and when the copy was made, and sometimes, their own name.
  2. (printing) A printer's or publisher's identifying inscription or logo appearing at the front or end of a book, or the same appearing on the spine or dust jacket.
  3. (by extension, 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 Paid subscription required, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, September 2011.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Late Latin colophōn.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

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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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek κολοφών (kolophṓn)

Noun[edit]

colophōn m (genitive colophōnis); third declension

  1. summit, peak

Declension[edit]

Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative colophōn colophōnēs
Genitive colophōnis colophōnum
Dative colophōnī colophōnibus
Accusative colophōnem colophōnēs
Ablative colophōne colophōnibus
Vocative colophōn colophōnēs

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