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  1. a fountain or spring from which a stream flows; the head or source of a stream.
  2. a chief source of anything: a fountainhead of information.
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Origin of fountainhead

First recorded in 1575–85; fountain + head
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British Dictionary definitions for fountainhead


  1. a spring that is the source of a stream
  2. a principal or original source
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Word Origin and History for fountainhead


"spring from which a stream flows," 1580s, from fountain + head (n.). Figurative use is from c.1600.

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