fount

1
[fount]

noun

a spring of water; fountain.
a source or origin: a fount of inspiration to his congregation.

Origin of fount

1
First recorded in 1585–95; short for fountain

fount

2
[fount, font]

noun British Printing.

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fount

1

noun

poetic a spring or fountain
source or origin

Word Origin for fount

C16: back formation from fountain

fount

2

noun

printing another word for font 2

Word Origin for fount

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
n.

mid-15c., probably a shortening of fountain, influenced by Middle French font "fount."

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