1 [font]
a receptacle, usually of stone, as in a baptistery or church, containing the water used in baptism.
a receptacle for holy water; stoup.
a productive source: The book is a font of useful tips for travelers.
the reservoir for oil in a lamp.
Archaic. a fountain.

before 1000; Middle English; Old English font, fant < Latin font- (stem of fōns) baptismal font, spring, fountain Unabridged


2 [font]
noun Printing.
a complete assortment of type of one style and size.
Also, British, fount.

1570–80; < Middle French fonte < Vulgar Latin *funditus a pouring, molding, casting, verbal noun from Latin fundere to pour. See found3 Unabridged
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font1 (fɒnt)
1.  a.  a large bowl for baptismal water, usually mounted on a pedestal
 b.  a receptacle for holy water
2.  the reservoir for oil in an oil lamp
3.  archaic, poetic or a fountain or well
[Old English, from Church Latin fons, from Latin: fountain]

font2 (fɒnt)
printing Also called: fount a complete set of type of one style and size
[C16: from Old French fonte a founding, casting, from Vulgar Latin funditus (unattested) a casting, from Latin fundere to melt; see found³]

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Word Origin & History

"basin," O.E. font, from L. fons (gen. fontis) "fountain" (see fountain), especially in M.L. fons baptismalis "baptismal font."

"typeface," 1683, from M.Fr. fonte, fem. pp. of fondre "melt" (see found (2)). So called because all the letters were cast at the same time.
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Computing Dictionary

font definition

A set of glyphs (images) representing the characters from some particular character set in a particular size and typeface. The image of each character may be encoded either as a bitmap (in a bitmap font) or by a higher-level description in terms of lines and areas (an outline font).
There are several different computer representations for fonts, the most widely known are Adobe Systems, Inc.'s PostScript font definitions and Apple's TrueType. Window systems can display different fonts on the screen and print them.
[Other types of font?]
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Example sentences
They weigh up to a ton or more and have dagger-type tusks in font of their face.
When you tap the icon, a list of four font sizes appears.
Adjusting font size, set contrast, and lock orientation.
From the droplets in a baptismal font to the scattering of ashes on a holy
  river, water blesses our lives.
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