how to pronounce colophon


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the above transcription of colophon is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

colophon is pronounced in three syllables

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meanings of colophon


  1. 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.
  2. 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. It generally contains factual information about the book, especially about its production, and includes details about typographic style, the fonts used, the paper used, and perhaps the binding method of the book. Also used in a similar fashion for newspapers, magazines, and academic journals.
  3. A finishing stroke or crowning touch.
  4. A page on a website identifying the details of its creation, such as the author's name and the technologies used.

colophon frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word colophon occurs in english on average 0.1 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics colophon can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that colophon can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) education, science, and technology;

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