- a spring of water; fountain.
- a source or origin: a fount of inspiration to his congregation.
Origin of fount1
First recorded in 1585–95; short for fountain
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Examples from the Web for founts
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Other Italian printers had founts both of Gothic and of Roman types.
Tears are spray from founts not deep-- My heart lies in frozen sleep.War Poetry of the South
Proctor took as his model the finest of the old Greek founts, which was that used in the Complutensian Polyglot printed in 1514.
The three Vale Press founts and also the punches and matrices were destroyed when the Press ceased publishing.
The Roman type used by the early Italian printers is, then, the prototype from which all other Roman founts are descended.
- poetic a spring or fountain
- source or origin
C16: back formation from fountain
- printing another word for font 2
C16: from Old French fonte a founding, casting, from Vulgar Latin funditus (unattested) a casting, from Latin fundere to melt; see found ³
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Word Origin and History for founts
mid-15c., probably a shortening of fountain, influenced by Middle French font "fount."
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