Colon Definition

kōlən
cola, colones, colons
noun
colons
A mark of punctuation (:) used before an extended quotation, explanation, example, series, etc. and after the salutation of a formal letter.
Webster's New World
The sign (:) used between numbers or groups of numbers in expressions of time (2:30 am ) and ratios (1:2).
American Heritage
In Greek prosody, a section of a prosodic period, consisting of a group of two to six feet forming a rhythmic unit with a principal accent.
Webster's New World
That part of the large intestine extending from the cecum to the rectum.
Webster's New World
An analogous unit or division of classical Greek or Latin prose.
American Heritage
Synonyms:
El Salvadoran colonCosta Rican colonaspinwall
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proper name
Seaport in Panama, at the Caribbean end of the Panama Canal.
Webster's New World
Webster's New World
other
A city of northern Panama at the Caribbean entrance to the Panama Canal. The city was founded as Aspinwall in 1850 by Americans working on the Panama Railroad and was renamed in 1890.
American Heritage

Other Word Forms of Colon

Noun

Singular:
colon
Plural:
colns, colons

Origin of Colon

  • Latin cōlon part of a verse from Greek kōlon limb, member, metrical unit

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Latin from Greek kolon large intestine

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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