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See also: Colophon
colophon (plural colophons)
- (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.
- (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.
- (by extension, Internet) A page on a website identifying the details of its creation, such as the author's name and the technologies used.
- (obsolete) A finishing stroke or crowning touch.
- 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.
printer notice at the end of a book
colophon m (plural colophons)
- colophon, final notice on manuscript
- colophon, final notice about printer, editor, paper, etc., with bibliophilic information
- “colophon”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
- (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈko.lo.pʰoːn/, [ˈkɔɫ̪ɔpʰoːn]
- (modern Italianate Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /ˈko.lo.fon/, [ˈkɔːlofon]
- “colophon”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- colophon in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
- colophon in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette