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font1

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

font2

[font] /fɒnt/
noun, Printing.
1.
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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British Dictionary definitions for fonts

font1

/fɒnt/
noun
1.
  1. a large bowl for baptismal water, usually mounted on a pedestal
  2. a receptacle for holy water
2.
the reservoir for oil in an oil lamp
3.
(archaic or poetic) a fountain or well
Derived Forms
fontal, adjective
Word Origin
Old English, from Church Latin fons, from Latin: fountain

font2

/fɒnt/
noun
1.
(printing) a complete set of type of one style and size Also called fount
Word Origin
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 and History for fonts

font

n.

"basin," Old English font, from Latin fons (genitive fontis) "fountain" (see fountain), especially in Medieval Latin fons baptismalis "baptismal font."

"typeface, set of letters of a particular type," 1680s, earlier "a casting" (1570s), from Middle French fonte "a casting," noun use of fem. past participle of fondre "to melt" (see found (v.2)). So called because all the letters in a given set were cast at the same time.

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