from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A basin for holding baptismal water in a church.
  • n. A receptacle for holy water; a stoup.
  • n. The oil reservoir in an oil-burning lamp.
  • n. An abundant source; a fount: She was a font of wisdom and good sense.
  • n. Printing A complete set of type of one size and face.

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  • n. A receptacle in a church for holy water - especially one used in baptism
  • n. A receptacle for oil in a lamp.
  • n. spring, source, fountain
  • n. A set of glyphs of unified design, belonging to one typeface (e.g., Helvetica), style (e.g., italic), and weight (e.g., bold). Usually representing the letters of an alphabet and its supplementary characters.
  • n. A computer file containing the code used to draw and compose the glyphs of one or more typographic fonts on a computer display or printer. A font file.
  • n. A source, wellspring, fount.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A complete assortment of printing type of one size, including a due proportion of all the letters in the alphabet, large and small, points, accents, and whatever else is necessary for printing with that variety of types; a fount.
  • n. A fountain; a spring; a source.
  • n. A basin or stone vessel in which water is contained for baptizing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A repository for the water used in baptism; now, specifically, a basin, usually of marble or other fine stone, permanently fixed within a church, to contain the water for baptism by sprinkling or immersion: distinctively called a baptismal font.
  • n. A fount; fountain; source.
  • n. A casting; the act or process of casting; founding.
  • n. A complete assortment and just apportionment of all the characters of a particular face and size of printing-type, as required for ordinary printed work.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a specific size and style of type within a type family
  • n. bowl for baptismal water


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin fōns, font-, from Latin, fountain.
French fonte, casting, from Old French (from Vulgar Latin *fundita, from Late Latin, feminine of *funditus, past participle of Latin fundere, to pour forth; see fondant) or from Old French fondre, to melt (from Latin fundere).

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From Old English font, from Latin fons ("fountain").

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From Middle French fonte, feminine past participle of verb fondre ("to melt").

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Apparently from fount, with influence from the senses above (under etymology 1).



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