colophon

noun
col·o·phon | \ ˈkä-lə-fən , -ˌfän \

Definition of colophon 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an inscription at the end of a book or manuscript usually with facts about its production

2 : an identifying mark used by a printer or a publisher

Colophon

geographical name
Col·o·phon | \ ˈkä-lə-fən , -ˌfän \

Definition of Colophon (Entry 2 of 2)

ancient city of western Asia Minor in Lydia

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This is one reason, Melanie Holcomb, a curator in the Met’s department of medieval art explained, it is thought that the Bible dates from the early part of the 14th century, despite bearing a colophon dated A.D. 1366. Peter Libbey, New York Times, "An Illuminated Hebrew Bible Has a New Home," 22 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of colophon

Noun

1501, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for colophon

Noun

Latin, from Greek kolophōn summit, finishing touch; perhaps akin to Latin culmen top — more at hill

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