Definitions

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

  • n. A fountain.
  • n. One that initiates or dispenses; a source: Damascus—the fount of modern Arab nationalism.
  • n. Chiefly British Variant of font2.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. something from which water flows
  • n. a device from which poultry may drink
  • n. that from which something flows or proceeds
  • n. A typographic font.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A font.
  • n. A fountain.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A spring of water; a fountain.
  • n. A source; a fountainhead.
  • n. Same as font, 2.

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. a plumbing fixture that provides a flow of water

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English and Old French font, both from Latin fōns, font-.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin fons (Wiktionary)
From Middle French fonte, feminine past participle of verb fondre: to melt. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There are three very old images, one at the front, and two on the side; the baptismal fount is surrounded by turned wood, and the choral section has a 20th Century organ.

    The Meseta Purepecha

  • I have no helper76 but my tears that ever flow in fount,

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • The rite of my infancy was performed as became a soldier's son; my fount was my father's helmet, and the first pap I sucked lay on the point of his sword.

    The Scottish Chiefs

  • Of the Devanagari character we have also cast an entire new fount, which is esteemed the most beautiful of the kind in India.

    Life of William Carey

  • Holytaco is 4chan Lite (also known as a fount of puerile, sexist low-brow humor), but this is one of the few gems I've ever seen come out of it.

    ScienceBlogs Channel : Life Science

  • Prof. Adler seems to think that the doctrine of evolution explains only the physical descent of man; for the genesis of the spiritual man, he looks for some supernatural "fount" in the skies.

    The Truth about Jesus : Is He a Myth?

  • The two were used interchangeably as early as the 1920s, although some whiskered English traditionalists will still insist on "fount" in an elitist way, in the hope that it will stretch their authenticity all the way back to Caxton, the great British printer of Chaucer.

    The Guardian World News

  • The rite of my infancy was performed as became a soldier's son; my fount was my father's helmet and the first pap I sucked lay on the point of his sword. "

    The Scottish Chiefs

  • Like Prophet Jones, Sweet Daddy Grace was a fount of self-love and an idol of the black working class.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • QE is a fount of misinformation — he is not to be taken seriously.

    Think Progress » ThinkFast: April 20, 2010

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