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fount1

[fount]
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noun
  1. a spring of water; fountain.
  2. a source or origin: a fount of inspiration to his congregation.
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Origin of fount1

First recorded in 1585–95; short for fountain

fount2

[fount, font]
noun British Printing.
  1. font2.
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fount1

noun
  1. poetic a spring or fountain
  2. source or origin
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Word Origin

C16: back formation from fountain

fount2

noun
  1. printing another word for font 2
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Word Origin

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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