[fond; French fawn]
noun, plural fonds [fondz; French fawn] /fɒndz; French fɔ̃/.
  1. a background or groundwork, especially of lace.
  2. Obsolete. fund; stock.

Origin of fond

From French, dating back to 1655–65; see origin at fund Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for fonds

Historical Examples of fonds

  • The walk to Fécamp would be purely delightful if it were not for the fonds.

    The Galaxy


  • I wish our fonds were well oot of them, and in yird and stane, which is a constansie.

  • Fonds d'artichauts Monegosque (hearts of artichokes in cream sauce—fork and breadsticks).

    Shorty McCabe

    Sewell Ford

  • The Manchester men advanced a large capital, fonds perdu, and the competition commenced with an attempt at underselling.

  • Thia copy is somewhat imperfect; a better one is in the Bibliothque nationale, fonds Dupuy, 673, fol.

British Dictionary definitions for fonds


  1. (postpositive foll by of) predisposed (to); having a liking (for)
  2. loving; tendera fond embrace
  3. indulgent; dotinga fond mother
  4. (of hopes, wishes, etc) cherished but unlikely to be realizedhe had fond hopes of starting his own business
  5. archaic, or dialect
    1. foolish
    2. credulous
Derived Formsfondly, adverbfondness, noun

Word Origin for fond

C14 fonned, from fonnen to be foolish, from fonne a fool


  1. the background of a design, as in lace
  2. obsolete fund; stock

Word Origin for fond

C17: from French, from Latin fundus bottom; see fund
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Word Origin and History for fonds



mid-14c., originally "foolish, silly," from past tense of fonnen "to fool, be foolish," perhaps from Middle English fonne "fool" (early 14c.), of uncertain origin; or possibly related to fun.

Meaning evolved by 1590 via "foolishly tender" to "having strong affections for." Another sense of fonne was "to lose savor," which may be the original meaning of the word (e.g. Wyclif: "Gif þe salt be fonnyd it is not worþi," c.1380). Related: Fonder; fondest.

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