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fount1

[fount] /faʊnt/
noun
1.
a spring of water; fountain.
2.
a source or origin:
a fount of inspiration to his congregation.
Origin of fount1
1585-1595
1585-95; short for fountain

fount2

[fount, font] /faʊnt, fɒnt/
noun, British Printing.
1.
font2 .
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  • There is such a fount, but not here: it gushes in the courts of that house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

  • It was strange that from the fount of joy sorrow was thrown up.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • The relation between these two letters and all the others is the "fount."

    The Printed Book Henri Bouchot
  • Uncle Katoma cut a dry spray from a tree, and flung it into the fount.

    Russian Fairy Tales W. R. S. Ralston
  • Since the death of Purcell the fount of English music had dried up.

    Handel Romain Rolland
  • They reached me as from some solemn sanctuary, a fount of inspiration.

    The Message Alec John Dawson
  • It is strange that men should deem that fount a fable, when its liquor fills more bottles than the congress-water!

  • They committed gaucheries, but the fount thereof was kindliness.

    Nights in London Thomas Burke
British Dictionary definitions for fount

fount1

/faʊnt/
noun
1.
(poetic) a spring or fountain
2.
source or origin
Word Origin
C16: back formation from fountain

fount2

/faʊnt; fɒnt/
noun
1.
(printing) another word for font2
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 fount
n.

mid-15c., probably a shortening of fountain, influenced by Middle French font "fount."

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