font

1
[ font ]
/ fɒnt /

noun

a receptacle, usually of stone, as in a baptistery or church, containing the water used in baptism.
a receptacle for holy water; stoup.
a productive source: The book is a font of useful tips for travelers.
the reservoir for oil in a lamp.
Archaic. a fountain.

Nearby words

  1. fong, hiram leong,
  2. fongafale,
  3. fons et origo,
  4. fonseca,
  5. fonseca, gulf of,
  6. font name,
  7. fontainebleau,
  8. fontainebleau school,
  9. fontal,
  10. fontana

Origin of font

1
before 1000; Middle English; Old English font, fant < Latin font- (stem of fōns) baptismal font, spring, fountain

font

2
[ font ]
/ fɒnt /

noun Printing.

a complete assortment of type of one style and size.
Also British, fount.

Origin of font

2
1570–80; < Middle French fonte < Vulgar Latin *funditus a pouring, molding, casting, verbal noun from Latin fundere to pour. See found3

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British Dictionary definitions for font

font

1
/ (fɒnt) /

noun

  1. a large bowl for baptismal water, usually mounted on a pedestal
  2. a receptacle for holy water
the reservoir for oil in an oil lamp
archaic, or poetic a fountain or well
Derived Formsfontal, adjective

Word Origin for font

Old English, from Church Latin fons, from Latin: fountain

noun

printing a complete set of type of one style and sizeAlso called: fount

Word Origin for font

C16: from Old French fonte a founding, casting, from Vulgar Latin funditus (unattested) a casting, from Latin fundere to melt; see found ³

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Word Origin and History for font
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