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noun, plural Fons, (especially collectively) Fon for 1.
  1. a member of a people living mainly in Benin.
  2. the Kwa language, very closely related to Ewe, spoken by the Fon people.
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fons et origo

[fawns et oh-ree-goh; English fonz et oh-rahy-goh, oh-ree-]
  1. source and origin.
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Examples from the Web for fons

Historical Examples of fons

  • She, after all, was the fons et origo mali to the house of Jehoram.

    The Expositor's Bible

    F. W. Farrar

  • “A wheel of domesticity all around I should judge,” laughed Fons.

  • “I think she is the fons et origo of all that has occurred,” said the friar.

    The Great Mogul

    Louis Tracy

  • I named this fountain Fons Beatus, and left it with sincere sorrow.

    The Iron Furnace

    John H. Aughey

  • Clerkenwell is the fons clericorum of the old chronicler, Fitz-Stephen.

    The Parish Clerk (1907)

    Peter Hampson Ditchfield

British Dictionary definitions for fons

fons et origo

  1. the source and origin
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