- a background or groundwork, especially of lace.
- Obsolete. fund; stock.
Origin of fond2
Examples from the Web for 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.The Ayrshire Legatees
Fonds d'artichauts Monegosque (hearts of artichokes in cream sauce—fork and breadsticks).Shorty McCabe
The Manchester men advanced a large capital, fonds perdu, and the competition commenced with an attempt at underselling.Saunterings in and about London
Thia copy is somewhat imperfect; a better one is in the Bibliothque nationale, fonds Dupuy, 673, fol.A History of the Inquisition of Spain; vol. 4
Henry Charles Lea
- (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
- the background of a design, as in lace
- obsolete fund; stock
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.