fountainhead

[ foun-tn-hed ]
/ ˈfaʊn tnˌhɛd /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. fountain of youth,
  2. fountain pen,
  3. fountain plant,
  4. fountain syringe,
  5. fountain valley,
  6. fountains abbey,
  7. fouquet,
  8. fouquet, jean,
  9. fouquet, nicolas,
  10. fouquier-tinville

Origin of fountainhead

First recorded in 1575–85; fountain + head

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British Dictionary definitions for fountainhead

fountainhead

/ (ˈfaʊntɪnˌhɛd) /

noun

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

fountainhead

n.

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

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