Word of the Day: colophon

Happy Monday! So far I slept through 4 of alarms, almost walked out of my apartment without my keys, and forgot my planner – which I can hardly survive a day without. But, the theme of this week’s words have cheered me up slightly, so hopefully this Monday only continues uphill. This week’s words will all be related in some way to books, so enjoy!


colophon (KOL-uh-fon, -fuhn)
noun: A note at the end of the book giving information about its production: font, paper, binding, printer, etc.
noun: A publisher’s emblem, usually on the spine or the title page of the book.

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

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“Avon, one of the most resolutely down-market of the major paperback imprints, used an image of Shakespeare’s head as a colophon.”
Louis Menand; Pulp’s Big Moment; The New Yorker; Jan 5, 2015.

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