1 [fount]

1585–95; short for fountain Unabridged


2 [fount, font]
noun British Printing.
font2. Unabridged
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fount1 (faʊnt)
1.  poetic a spring or fountain
2.  source or origin
[C16: back formation from fountain]

fount2 (faʊnt, fɒnt)
printing another word for font
[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

1593, probably a shortening of fountain, infl. by M.Fr. font "fount," first found in Shakespeare.
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Example sentences
Have traced the fount whence streams of nectar flow.
His pergolas and fount ains dazzle with their glistening mesh aluminum.
Incorporate public art or other elements such as fount ains, which express neighborhood character.
When the chain reaches the water, it throws back a clear, arcing fount as thick as my thumb.
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