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font 1

 (fŏnt)
n.
1. A basin for holding baptismal water in a church.
2. A receptacle for holy water; a stoup.
3. The oil reservoir in an oil-burning lamp.
4. An abundant source; a fount: She was a font of wisdom and good sense.

[Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin fōns, font-, from Latin, fountain.]

font′al (fŏn′tl) adj.

font 2

 (fŏnt)
n. Printing
A complete set of type of one size and face.

[French fonte, casting, from Old French (from Vulgar Latin *fundita, from Late Latin, feminine of *funditus, past participle of Latin fundere, to pour forth; see fondant) or from Old French fondre, to melt (from Latin fundere).]

font

(fɒnt)
n
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms)
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 or poetic a fountain or well
[Old English, from Church Latin fons, from Latin: fountain]
ˈfontal adj

font

(fɒnt)
n
(Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing a complete set of type of one style and size. Also called: fount
[C16: from Old French fonte a founding, casting, from Vulgar Latin funditus (unattested) a casting, from Latin fundere to melt; see found3]

font1

(fɒnt)

n.
1. a receptacle for the water used in baptism.
2. stoup (def. 1).
3. a productive source.
4. the reservoir for oil in a lamp.
5. Archaic. a fountain.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English font, fant < Late Latin, Latin font-, s. of fōns baptismal font, spring, fountain]
font′al, adj.

font2

(fɒnt)

n. Print.
a complete assortment of type of one style and size.
Also, Brit., fount.
[1570–80; < Middle French fonte < Vulgar Latin *funditus a pouring, molding, casting, verbal n. from Latin fundere to pour. See found3]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.font - a specific size and style of type within a type familyfont - a specific size and style of type within a type family
type - printed characters; "small type is hard to read"
type family - a complete set of type suitable for printing text
unicameral script - a script with a single case
bicameral script - a script having two distinct cases
constant-width font, fixed-width font, monospaced font, typewriter font - a typeface is which each character is given the same width (as by a typewriter)
proportional font - any font whose different characters have different widths
cartridge font, font cartridge - any font that is contained in a cartridge that can be plugged into a computer printer
black letter, Gothic - a heavy typeface in use from 15th to 18th centuries
bold, bold face, boldface - a typeface with thick heavy lines
italic - a typeface with letters slanting upward to the right
raster font, screen font - the font that is displayed on a computer screen; "when the screen font resembles a printed font a document may look approximately the same on the screen as it will when printed"
Helvetica, sans serif - a typeface in which characters have no serifs
2.font - bowl for baptismal waterfont - bowl for baptismal water    
basin - a bowl-shaped vessel; usually used for holding food or liquids; "she mixed the dough in a large basin"
Translations
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font

[fɒnt] N
1. (Typ) → fundición f (Comput) → fuente f, tipo m de letra
2. (in church) → pila f

font

[ˈfɒnt] n
(RELIGION) (in church)fonts mpl baptismaux
(TYPOGRAPHY)police f de caractères

font

n
(Eccl) → Taufstein m
(Typ) → Schrift f

font

:
font size
n (Typ) → Schriftgrad m, → Schriftgröße f
font style
n (Typ) → Schriftschnitt m
font type
n (Typ) → Schriftart f

font

[fɒnt] n
a. (in church) → fonte m battesimale
b. (Typ) → carattere m (di scrittura)
References in classic literature ?
My inn had once been a part of an ancient ecclesiastical house, and I dined in a little octagonal common-room, like a font.
The sermon over, the procurator's wife advanced toward the holy font.
The Duc de Longueville gained the government of Pont-de-l'Arche, five hundred thousand francs for his wife and the honor of seeing her son held at the baptismal font by the young king and Henrietta of England.
Yet when they reached the church and were about to slip aside into their usual seats, a little beyond the font, where they could see the red-furred tails of the bellropes waggle and twist at ringing time, they were swept forward irresistibly, a Cloke on either flank (and yet they had not walked with the Clokes), upon the ever-retiring bosom of a black-gowned verger, who ushered them into a room of a pew at the head of the left aisle, under the pulpit.
So the pot was placed in safety, but it was not long before the cat had a great yearning for it, and said to the mouse: 'I want to tell you something, little mouse; my cousin has brought a little son into the world, and has asked me to be godmother; he is white with brown spots, and I am to hold him over the font at the christening.
The gentleman who, when I was young, bathed me at wisdom's font for nine guineas a term--no extras--used to say he never knew a boy who could do less work in more time; and I remember my poor grandmother once incidentally observing, in the course of an instruction upon the use of the Prayer-book, that it was highly improbable that I should ever do much that I ought not to do, but that she felt convinced beyond a doubt that I should leave undone pretty well everything that I ought to do.
Yet here is the great gymnasium; here is the mighty theatre, wherein I have seen seventy thousand men assembled; here is the Agora; there is the font where the sainted John the Baptist immersed the converts; yonder is the prison of the good St.
He had taken his place by turns, as the reader has seen, in the conferences of the theologians in Sorbonne,--in the assemblies of the doctors of art, after the manner of Saint-Hilaire,--in the disputes of the decretalists, after the manner of Saint-Martin,--in the congregations of physicians at the holy water font of Notre- Dame,
His grandfather, who was his godfather, trembling and afraid of dropping him, carried the infant round the battered tin font and handed him over to the godmother, Princess Mary.
At one corner of the church, near the door, stood the ancient font, and behind it a deep recess in which there hung the ropes for the bell-ringers.
He saw that in each font was a quantity of food, and that each Wieroo was armed with a wooden skewer, sharpened at one end; with which they carried solid portions of food to their mouths.
For all things are baptized at the font of eternity, and beyond good and evil; good and evil themselves, however, are but fugitive shadows and damp afflictions and passing clouds.