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1 [font]
noun
1.
a receptacle, usually of stone, as in a baptistery or church, containing the water used in baptism.
2.
a receptacle for holy water; stoup.
3.
a productive source: The book is a font of useful tips for travelers.
4.
the reservoir for oil in a lamp.
5.
Archaic. a fountain.

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

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font

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


Origin:
1570–80; < Middle French fonte < Vulgar Latin *funditus a pouring, molding, casting, verbal noun from Latin fundere to pour. See found3

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font1 (fɒnt)
 
n
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]
 
'fontal1
 
adj

font2 (fɒnt)
 
n
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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font
"basin," O.E. font, from L. fons (gen. fontis) "fountain" (see fountain), especially in M.L. fons baptismalis "baptismal font."

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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