fountainhead

[foun-tn-hed]
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noun
  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.

Origin of fountainhead

First recorded in 1575–85; fountain + head
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Contemporary Examples of fountainhead

  • In 1949 his wife Lauren Bacall was slated to star alongside Gary Cooper in the adaptation of Rand's The Fountainhead.

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    April 23, 2011

  • To RJ Eskow of the Campaign for America's Future, his plan is " The Fountainhead meets Death Race 2000."

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  • Pauline Kael nailed The Fountainhead, both the novel and the film made from it, as “wildly extravagant Kitsch.”

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Historical Examples of fountainhead


British Dictionary definitions for fountainhead

fountainhead

noun
  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
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper