- a spring of water; fountain.
- a source or origin: a fount of inspiration to his congregation.
Origin of fount1
First recorded in 1585–95; short for fountain
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Examples from the Web for fount
The Vatican Bank, a fount of scandal for 40 years, is being investigated for money laundering.The Catholic Church Is Insular and Intolerant
March 8, 2013
Republicans treat government as the source of most collective ills, Democrats as the fount of most collective benefits.Paul Krugman’s Dismissal of Structural Causes for U.S. Employment Problem Is Misguided
May 14, 2012
It was strange that from the fount of joy sorrow was thrown up.A Spirit in Prison
The sovereign was not only the fount of honour, but of wealth!Diary And Notes Of Horace Templeton, Esq.
Charles James Lever
That which keeps the world going, the fount of life, is folly.Erasmus and the Age of Reformation
Uncle Katoma cut a dry spray from a tree, and flung it into the fount.Russian Fairy Tales
W. R. S. Ralston
They reached me as from some solemn sanctuary, a fount of inspiration.The Message
Alec John Dawson
- poetic a spring or fountain
- source or origin
C16: back formation from fountain
- printing another word for font 2
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 fount
mid-15c., probably a shortening of fountain, influenced by Middle French font "fount."
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