fond

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[ fond; French fawn ]
/ fɒnd; French fɔ̃ /
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noun, plural fonds [fondz; French fawn] /fɒndz; French fɔ̃/.

a background or groundwork, especially of lace.
Obsolete. fund; stock.

Nearby words

  1. fomite,
  2. fomites,
  3. fomo,
  4. fomorian,
  5. fon,
  6. fond du lac,
  7. fonda,
  8. fonda, henry,
  9. fonda, jane,
  10. fondant

Origin of fond

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From French, dating back to 1655–65; see origin at fund

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British Dictionary definitions for fonds

fond

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/ (fɒnd) /

adjective

(postpositive foll by of) predisposed (to); having a liking (for)
loving; tendera fond embrace
indulgent; dotinga fond mother
(of hopes, wishes, etc) cherished but unlikely to be realizedhe had fond hopes of starting his own business
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

fond

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/ (fɒnd, French fɔ̃) /

noun

the background of a design, as in lace
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

fond

adj.

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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