PRONUNCIATION: (KOL-uh-fon, -fuhn)

MEANING: noun:
1. A note at the end of the book giving information about its production: font, paper, binding, printer, etc.
2. A publisher’s emblem, usually on the spine or the title page of the book.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin colophon, from Greek kolophon (summit, finishing touch). Ultimately from the Indo-European root kel- (to be prominent; hill), which also gave us colonel, colonnade, column, culminate, excel, and hill. Earliest documented use: 1628


ECOLOPHON - the school's PA system

COLOPHONY - the wordless campfire scene from Blazing Saddles

COLOTHON - the annual alumni fund-raising campaign, compressed into 24 hours (pronounced CALL-a-thon)