[ foun-tn-hed ]
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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.

Origin of fountainhead

First recorded in 1575–85; fountain + head

Words Nearby fountainhead Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use fountainhead in a sentence

  • 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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  • 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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  • Like others, Barkan also says that hip-hop has cut into a traditional fountainhead of jazz audiences, African-Americans.

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  • There are many excellent maps issued, but it is best to go to the fountainhead, to the publications of the Ordnance Survey.

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  • French Gothic churches are a fountainhead, and should rank first.

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  • Your Spanish royalty is the keystone, the fountainhead, of Spanish society, is it not?

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  • But to find the supreme example of Bahai tagiya we have to go to the fountainhead.

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  • I think we English folk might learn from them to put more joy into our work, that fountainhead of life and health.

British Dictionary definitions for fountainhead


/ (ˈfaʊntɪnˌhɛd) /

  1. a spring that is the source of a stream

  2. a principal or original source

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