from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An inscription placed usually at the end of a book, giving facts about its publication.
- n. A publisher's emblem or trademark placed usually on the title page of a book.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
- n. A page on a website identifying the details of its creation, such as the author's name and the technologies used.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An inscription, monogram, or cipher, containing the place and date of publication, printer's name, etc., formerly placed on the last page of a book.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An emblematic device, or a note, especially one relating to the circumstances of production, as the printer's or scribe's names place, and date, put at the conclusion of a book or manuscript.
- n. The end of a book; the word “finis,” or “the end,” marking the conclusion of any printed work.
- n. [capitalized] [NL.] In zoology: A genus of coleopterous insects.
- n. A genus of arachnidans.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a publisher's emblem printed in a book (usually on the title page)
Late Latin colophōn, from Greek kolophōn, summit, finishing touch; see kel-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
from Ancient Greek κολοφών (kolophon, "peak or finishing touch") (Wiktionary)