drinking fountain


a water fountain that ejects a jet of water for drinking without a cup.

Origin of drinking fountain

First recorded in 1855–60
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Historical Examples of drinking fountain

  • Here is the well, the drinking-fountain, the washing-trough, and the wardrobe.

    Pagan and Christian Rome

    Rodolfo Lanciani

  • The cross was rebuilt in 1441, and combined with a drinking-fountain.

    Old and New London

    Walter Thornbury

  • Michael wandered along to a drinking-fountain to which, access had often been forbidden.

    Sinister Street, vol. 1

    Compton Mackenzie

  • The monument, in the street without, is in the form of a drinking-fountain, with a statue of the little dog on the top.

  • This is merely a spring-house covering the artesian well that supplies the drinking-fountain in the village.

    Hammersmith, Fulham and Putney

    Geraldine Edith Mitton

British Dictionary definitions for drinking fountain

drinking fountain


a device for providing a flow or jet of drinking water, usually in public places
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