columncolumn:  The notion underlying column is of ‘height, command, extremity’. It comes, via Old French colomne, from Latin columna ‘pillar’, which was probably a derivative of columen, culmen ‘top, summit’ (from which English also gets culminate). It goes back ultimately to a base *kol-, *kel-, distant ancestor of English excel and hill. The word’s application to vertical sections of printed matter dates from the 15th century, but its transference to that which is written (as in ‘write a weekly newspaper column’) is a 20thcentury development.
column (n.)mid-15c., "vertical division of a page," also "a pillar, post," from Old French (12c., Modern French "column, pillar"), from Latin "pillar," collateral form of "top, summit," from PIE root (4) "to project, be prominent" (see hill). Sense of "matter written for a newspaper" dates from 1785.