• Colon


    • US IPA: /ˈkoʊlən/
    • Rhymes: -əʊlən

    Origin 1

    From Latin cōlon ("a member of a verse of poem"), from Ancient Greek κῶλον (kōlon, "a member, limb, clause, part of a verse").

    Full definition of colon



    (plural colons or cola)
    1. (grammar) The punctuation mark "".
      • 2005, William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White, The Elements of Style, Penguin Press, page 15:A colon tells the reader that what follows is closely related to the preceding clause.
    2. (rare) The triangular colon (especially in context of not being able to type the actual triangular colon).
    3. (rhetoric) A rhetorical figure consisting of a clause which is grammatically, but not logically, complete.

    Origin 2

    From Latin cōlon ("large intestine"), from Ancient Greek κόλον (kolon, "the large intestine, also food, meat, fodder").



    (plural colons or cola)
    1. (anatomy) Part of the large intestine; the final segment of the digestive system, after (distal to) the ileum and before (proximal to) the anus



    Origin 3

    From French colon.



    (plural colons)
    1. (obsolete) A husbandman.
    2. A European colonial settler, especially in a French colony.
      • 1977, Alistair Horne, A Savage War of Peace, New York Review Books 2006, p. 28:The reaction of the European colons, a mixture of shock and fear, was to demand further draconian measures and to suspend any suggestion of new reforms.


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