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fount 1

1. A fountain.
2. One that initiates or dispenses; a source: Damascus—the fount of modern Arab nationalism.

[Middle English, from Old English and Old French font, both from Latin fōns, font-.]

fount 2

n. Chiefly British
Variant of font2.


1. poetic a spring or fountain
2. source or origin
[C16: back formation from fountain]


(faʊnt; fɒnt)
(Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing another word for font2
[C16: from Old French fonte a founding, casting, from Vulgar Latin funditus (unattested) a casting, from Latin fundere to melt; see found3]



1. a spring of water; fountain.
2. a source or origin: a fount of ideas.
[1585–95; short for fountain]


(faʊnt, fɒnt)

Brit. font 2.


 a complete assortment of type of the same size and style; a spring or source. Also called font. See also fountain.
Examples: fount of fire, 1833; of inspiration, 1842; of italics, 1862; of life, 1667; of new heresies, 1874; of type, 1878.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fount - a specific size and style of type within a type familyfount - 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.fount - a plumbing fixture that provides a flow of water
plumbing fixture - a fixture for the distribution and use of water in a building




[faʊnt] N
1. (poet) (= source) → fuente f, manantial m
fount of knowledge/wisdomfuente f de sabiduría
2. (Brit) (Typ) → fundición f


[ˈfaʊnt ˈfɒnt] nsource f
a fount of wisdom → une source de sagesse


(liter: = fountain) → Born m (poet), → Quelle f; (fig: = source) → Quelle f
(Typ) → Schrift f


[faʊnt] n
a. (liter) (source) → fonte f, sorgente f
b. (Typ) → carattere m (di stampa)
References in classic literature ?
While arranging my hair, I looked at my face in the glass, and felt it was no longer plain: there was hope in its aspect and life in its colour; and my eyes seemed as if they had beheld the fount of fruition, and borrowed beams from the lustrous ripple.
Direct against which op'nd from beneath, Just o're the blissful seat of Paradise, A passage down to th' Earth, a passage wide, Wider by farr then that of after-times Over Mount SION, and, though that were large, Over the PROMIS'D LAND to God so dear, By which, to visit oft those happy Tribes, On high behests his Angels to and fro Pass'd frequent, and his eye with choice regard From PANEAS the fount of JORDANS flood To BEERSABA, where the HOLY LAND Borders on AEGYPT and the ARABIAN shoare; So wide the op'ning seemd, where bounds were set To darkness, such as bound the Ocean wave.
In spring, by the Imperial command, The pool of Hua`ch`ing beheld her stand, Laving her body in the crystal wave Whose dimpled fount a warmth perennial gave.
Soon, however, the spectators saw a change upon her face, as the consciousness of her sad estate returned, and grief supplied the fount of tears which joy had opened.
She must pass heavily, with that broken heart, across the borders of Time--she must bathe her hurts in some fount of paradise, and forget her grief in the light of immortality, and THERE be well.
I can - Its fount is holier - more divine - I would not call thee fool, old man, But such is not a gift of thine.
One of the airships lay on the water burning, a remote monstrous fount of flames, and far in the south-west appeared first one and then three other German ironclads hurrying in support of their consorts.
But a full-fed fountain will be generous with its waters even in the rain, when they are worse than useless; and a fine fount of admonition is apt to be equally irrepressible.
I know not why he was so infinitely pathetic, unless it were because he was so pathetically unaware of it; but even strong men had to turn hastily from looking at him, and more than once on summer evenings he had touched the fount of Hook's tears and made it flow.
I must have lived fully three years in that secluded school-house hearth," said he, "drinking thirstily of the ever-flowing fount of limpid knowledge before me.
He could not but agree with this, but the more he gave himself up to such a life the more he felt that what was internal became external, and that the fount of living water within him dried up, and that what he did now was done more and more for men and less and less for God.
Indomitable, never resting, fighting for seconds and minutes all week, circumventing delays and crushing down obstacles, a fount of resistless energy, a high-driven human motor, a demon for work, now that he had accomplished the week's task he was in a state of collapse.