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[fond; French fawn] /fɒnd; French fɔ̃/
noun, plural fonds [fondz; French fawn] /fɒndz; French fɔ̃/ (Show IPA)
a background or groundwork, especially of lace.
Obsolete. fund; stock.
Origin of fond2
1655-65; < French; see fund Unabridged
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  • The 'fonds' is connected with a society doing the usual work of all such foreign benevolent societies in London.

    France and the Republic William Henry Hurlbert
  • fonds d'artichauts Monegosque (hearts of artichokes in cream sauce—fork and breadsticks).

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • I wish our fonds were well oot of them, and in yird and stane, which is a constansie.

  • The Manchester men advanced a large capital, fonds perdu, and the competition commenced with an attempt at underselling.

  • Thia copy is somewhat imperfect; a better one is in the Bibliothque nationale, fonds Dupuy, 673, fol.

  • The walk to Fécamp would be purely delightful if it were not for the fonds.

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British Dictionary definitions for fonds


(postpositive) foll by of. predisposed (to); having a liking (for)
loving; tender: a fond embrace
indulgent; doting: a fond mother
(of hopes, wishes, etc) cherished but unlikely to be realized: he had fond hopes of starting his own business
(archaic or dialect)
  1. foolish
  2. credulous
Derived Forms
fondly, adverb
fondness, noun
Word Origin
C14 fonned, from fonnen to be foolish, from fonne a fool


/fɒnd; French fɔ̃/
the background of a design, as in lace
(obsolete) fund; stock
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Latin fundus bottom; see fund
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Word Origin and History for fonds



mid-14c., originally "foolish, silly," from past tense of fonnen "to fool, be foolish," perhaps from Middle English fonne "fool" (early 14c.), of uncertain origin; or possibly related to fun.

Meaning evolved by 1590 via "foolishly tender" to "having strong affections for." Another sense of fonne was "to lose savor," which may be the original meaning of the word (e.g. Wyclif: "Gif þe salt be fonnyd it is not worþi," c.1380). Related: Fonder; fondest.

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